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Analysis of a Simple Evolutionary Algorithm for the Multiobjective Shortest Path Problem

By Christian Horoba


We present a natural fitness function f for the multiobjective shortest path problem, which is a fundamental multiobjective combinatorial optimization problem known to be NP-hard. Thereafter, we conduct a rigorous runtime analysis of a simple evolutionary algorithm (EA) optimizing f. Interestingly, this simple general algorithm is a fully polynomial-time randomized approximation scheme (FPRAS) for the problem under consideration, which exemplifies how EAs are able to find good approximate solutions for hard problems

Year: 2008
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