A parallel genetic algorithm for optimization is outlined, and its performance on both mathematical and biomechanical optimization problems is compared to a sequential quadratic programming algorithm, a downhill simplex algorithm and a simulated annealing algorithm. When high-dimensional non-smooth or discontinuous problems with numerous local optima are considered, only the simulated annealing and the genetic algorithm, which are both characterized by a weak search heuristic, are successful in finding the optimal region in parameter space. The key advantage of the genetic algorithm is that it can easily be parallelized at negligible overhead.
|Journal||European Journal of Industrial Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|