Pareto layer: Its Formulation and Search by Way of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization


This article examines multi-objective problems where a solution (product) is related to a cluster of performance vectors within a multi-objective space. Here the origin of such a cluster is not uncertainty, as is typical, but rather the range of performances attainable by the product. It is shown that, in such cases, comparison of a solution to other solutions should be based on its best performance vectors, which are extracted from the cluster. The result of solving the introduced problem is a set of Pareto optimal solutions and their representation in the objective space, which is referred to here as the Pareto layer. The authors claim that the introduced Pareto layer is a previously unattended novel representation. In order to search for these optimal solutions, an evolutionary multi-objective algorithm is suggested. The article also treats the selection of a solution from the obtained optimal set.