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Fixed-Target Runtime Analysis


Runtime analysis aims at contributing to our understanding of evolutionary algorithms through mathematical analyses of their runtimes. In the context of discrete optimization problems, runtime analysis classically studies the time needed to find an optimal solution. However, both from a practical and from a theoretical viewpoint, more fine-grained performance measures are needed to gain a more detailed understanding of the main working principles and their resulting performance implications. Two complementary approaches have been suggested: fixed-budget analyses and fixed-target analyses. In this work, we conduct an in-depth study on the advantages and the limitations of fixed-target analyses. We show that, different from fixed-budget analyses, many classical methods from the runtime analysis of discrete evolutionary algorithms yield fixed-target results without greater effort. We use this to conduct a number of new fixed-target analyses. However, we also point out examples where an extension of existing runtime results to fixed-target results is highly non-trivial.
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hal-03377095 , version 1 (14-10-2021)



Maxim Buzdalov, Benjamin Doerr, Carola Doerr, Dmitry Vinokurov. Fixed-Target Runtime Analysis. Algorithmica, 2022, 84 (6), pp.1762--1793. ⟨10.1007/s00453-021-00881-0⟩. ⟨hal-03377095⟩
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