Using Support Vector Machines to Learn the Efficient Set in Multiple Objective Discrete Optimization


We propose using support vector machines (SVMs) to learn the efficient set in multiple objective discrete optimization (MODO). We conjecture that a surface generated by SVM could provide a good approximation of the efficient set. As one way of testing this idea, we embed the SVM-approximated efficient set information into a Genetic Algorithm (GA). This is accomplished by using a SVM-based fitness function that guides the GA search. We implement our SVM-guided GA on the multiple objective knapsack and assignment problems. We observe that using SVM improves the performance of the GA compared to a benchmark distance based fitness function and may provide competitive results.