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A crossover function for continuous variable functions

Calling Sequence

[Crossed_Indiv1,Crossed_Indiv2] = crossover_ga_default(Indiv1,Indiv2,param)



The first individual to be crossed-over.


The second individual to be crossed-over.


a list of parameters.

  • 'beta': the range of the random generator. A random value will be sampled between -beta and 1+beta. This sampled value will be used to perform a convex combination between Indiv1 and Indiv2.

  • 'minbound': a vector of minimum bounds for the variable X.

  • 'maxbound': a vector of maximum bounds for the variable X.


The first individual resulting from the crossover.


The second individual resulting from the crossover.


crossover_ga_default is a crossover function for functions with continuous variables. This crossover function is an extension of a convexe combination. The crossed individuals are computed with the following equations :

mix = (1 + 2*Beta)*rand(1,1) - Beta;
Crossed_Indiv1 =     mix*Indiv1 + (1-mix)*Indiv2;
Crossed_Indiv2 = (1-mix)*Indiv1 +     mix*Indiv2;

The Beta parameter should be set to a positive value. If Beta is set to 0, the resulting crossover is a simple convexe combination between the two parents. That may lead to a too fast convergence of the genetic algorithm and may decrease the diversity of the individuals of the population. If Beta is chosen strictly positive, that may allow children to explore the domain beyond the domain explored by their parents.

See Also


Michalewicz, Zbigniew

Genetic Algorithms + Data Structures = Evolution Programs
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