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Metaheuristic Tuning Generalisation by Cross-Validated Racing

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2020
Thiago Henrique Lemos Fonseca, Alexandre Cesar Muniz De Oliveira

Thiago Henrique Lemos Fonseca and Alexandre Cesar Muniz De Oliveira. Metaheuristic Tuning Generalisation by Cross-Validated Racing. International Journal of Computer Applications 177(47):1-9, March 2020. BibTeX

	author = {Thiago Henrique Lemos Fonseca and Alexandre Cesar Muniz De Oliveira},
	title = {Metaheuristic Tuning Generalisation by Cross-Validated Racing},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {March 2020},
	volume = {177},
	number = {47},
	month = {Mar},
	year = {2020},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {1-9},
	numpages = {9},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2020919991},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


Many tuning methods are based on concepts of sensitivity analysis combined with heuristics that tend to reduce the search space by eliminating less promising configurations. Nevertheless, tuning parameters is a task that requires specific and timeconsuming experiments, especially when involving large problem instances. This is particularly due to existing methods were not designed to efficiently generalise a tuning of parameters to other instances that did not participate of the training process. In this paper, the recently proposed tuning method named Cross- Validated Racing (CVR) is revised in order to clarify theoretical fundamentals of tuning problem and expand the experiments to make possible evaluating its generalisation capacity against the reduction in the size of the training set. For validation, the Biased Random-Key Evolutionary Clustering Search (BRKeCS) is applied to solve scalable instance groups of Permutation Flow Shop Scheduling Problem. The computation results have demonstrated that CVR is robust in finding an effective parameter setting, requiring training process in only a half of total instance set.


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Tuning, Irace, Permutation Flow Shop Scheduling, BRKeCS, Evolutionary Clustering Search, Cross-Validated Racing Approach