Multi-objective Optimization: Classical and Evolutionary Approaches


Problems involving multiple conflicting objectives arise in most real world optimization problems. Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) have gained a wide interest and success in solving problems of this nature for two main reasons: (1) EAs allow finding several members of the Pareto optimal set in a single run of the algorithm and (2) EAs are less susceptible to the shape of the Pareto front. Thus, Multi-objective EAs (MOEAs) have often been used to solve Multi-objective Problems (MOPs). This chapter aims to summarize the efforts of various researchers algorithmic processes for MOEAs in an attempt to provide a review of the use and the evolution of the field. Hence, some basic concepts and a summary of the main MOEAs are provided. We also propose a classification of the existing MOEAs in order to encourage researchers to continue shaping the field. Furthermore, we suggest a classification of the most popular performance indicators that have been used to evaluate the performance of MOEAs.