Re: Genetic programming and code evolution (Henry Spencer)
24 Dec 2005 21:21:09 -0500

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From: (Henry Spencer)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 24 Dec 2005 21:21:09 -0500
Organization: SP Systems, Toronto, Canada
References: 05-12-065 05-12-074
Keywords: optimize
Posted-Date: 24 Dec 2005 21:21:09 EST

Dmitry A. Kazakov <> wrote:
>From the machine learning perspective the way a genetic algorithm
>works is selection. If you want to optimize for some criterion (like
>speed) you need to measure it to be able to select the most promising
>mutations. Measuring program speed is a way too expensive for the
>incredible number of mutations you would need.

People *have* used genetic algorithms to do things like finding better
image-processing techniques, evaluating results by measuring program
speed. However, Dmitry is basically correct -- it's appallingly slow and
expensive, verging on impractical, even with carefully-selected program
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