A novel preference articulation operator for the Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation of classifiers in concealed weapons detection

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Authors: Rostami, S., Reilly, D.O., Shenfield, A. and Bowring, N.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21928/

Journal: Information Sciences

Volume: 295

Issue: C

Pages: 494-520

ISSN: 0020-0255

DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2014.10.031

Abstract The incorporation of decision maker preferences is often neglected in the Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation (EMO) literature. The majority of the research in the field and the development of EMO algorithms is primarily focussed on converging to a Pareto optimal approximation close to or along the true Pareto front of synthetic test problems. However, when EMO is applied to real-world optimisation problems there is often a decision maker who is only interested in a portion of the Pareto front (the Region of Interest) which is defined by their expressed preferences for the problem objectives. In this paper a novel preference articulation operator for EMO algorithms is introduced (named the Weighted Z-score Preference Articulation Operator) with the flexibility of being incorporated a priori, a posteriori or progressively, and as either a primary or auxiliary fitness operator. The Weighted Z-score Preference Articulation Operator is incorporated into an implementation of the Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm Based on Decomposition (named WZ-MOEA/D) and benchmarked against MOEA/D-DRA on a number of bi-objective and five-objective test problems with test cases containing preference information. After promising results are obtained when comparing WZ-MOEA/D to MOEA/D-DRA in the presence of decision maker preferences, WZ-MOEA/D is successfully applied to a real-world optimisation problem to optimise a classifier for concealed weapon detection, producing better results than previously published classifier implementations.

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Authors: Rostami, S., O'Reilly, D., Shenfield, A. and Bowring, N.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21928/

Journal: Information Sciences

Volume: 295

Pages: 494-520

ISSN: 0020-0255

DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2014.10.031

© 2014 Elsevier Inc. The incorporation of decision maker preferences is often neglected in the Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation (EMO) literature. The majority of the research in the field and the development of EMO algorithms is primarily focussed on converging to a Pareto optimal approximation close to or along the true Pareto front of synthetic test problems. However, when EMO is applied to real-world optimisation problems there is often a decision maker who is only interested in a portion of the Pareto front (the Region of Interest) which is defined by their expressed preferences for the problem objectives. In this paper a novel preference articulation operator for EMO algorithms is introduced (named the Weighted Z-score Preference Articulation Operator) with the flexibility of being incorporated a priori, a posteriori or progressively, and as either a primary or auxiliary fitness operator. The Weighted Z-score Preference Articulation Operator is incorporated into an implementation of the Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm Based on Decomposition (named WZ-MOEA/D) and benchmarked against MOEA/D-DRA on a number of bi-objective and five-objective test problems with test cases containing preference information. After promising results are obtained when comparing WZ-MOEA/D to MOEA/D-DRA in the presence of decision maker preferences, WZ-MOEA/D is successfully applied to a real-world optimisation problem to optimise a classifier for concealed weapon detection, producing better results than previously published classifier implementations.

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