Experimental Methods for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $115.07
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $115.07   
  • New (6) from $115.07   
  • Used (2) from $138.81   


In operations research and computer science it is common practice to evaluate the performance of optimization algorithms on the basis of computational results, and the experimental approach should follow accepted principles that guarantee the reliability and reproducibility of results. However, computational experiments differ from those in other sciences, and the last decade has seen considerable methodological research devoted to understanding the particular features of such experiments and assessing the related statistical methods.

This book consists of methodological contributions on different scenarios of experimental analysis. The first part overviews the main issues in the experimental analysis of algorithms, and discusses the experimental cycle of algorithm development; the second part treats the characterization by means of statistical distributions of algorithm performance in terms of solution quality, runtime and other measures; and the third part collects advanced methods from experimental design for configuring and tuning algorithms on a specific class of instances with the goal of using the least amount of experimentation. The contributor list includes leading scientists in algorithm design, statistical design, optimization and heuristics, and most chapters provide theoretical background and are enriched with case studies.

This book is written for researchers and practitioners in operations research and computer science who wish to improve the experimental assessment of optimization algorithms and, consequently, their design.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in carrying out experimental research on algorithms and heuristics for optimization problems. ... Don’t keep this book on the shelf: read it, and apply the techniques and tools contained herein to your own algorithmic research project. Your experiments will become more efficient and more trustworthy, and your experimental data will lead to clearer and deeper insights about performance." (Catherine C. McGeoch, Amherst College)

"Here you will find aspects that are treated scientifically by the experts in this exciting domain offering their up-to-date know-how and even leading into philosophical domains." (Hans-Paul Schwefel, Technische Universität Dortmund)

"[This] book ... is a solid and comprehensive step forward in the right direction. [It] not only covers adequate comparison of methodologies but also the tools aimed at helping in algorithm design and understanding, something that is being recently referred to as 'Algorithm Engineering'. [It] is of interest to two distinct audiences. First and foremost, it is targeted at the whole operations research and management science, artificial intelligence and computer science communities with a loud and clear cry for attention. Strong, sound and reliable tools should be employed for the comparison and assessment of algorithms and also for more structured algorithm engineering. Given the level of detail of some other chapters however, a second potential audience could be made up of those researchers interested in the core topic of algorithm assessment. The long list of contributors to this book includes top notch and experienced researchers that, together, set the trend in the field. As a result, those interested in this specific area of analysis of optimization algorithms should not miss this book under any circumstance. ... The careful, sound, detailed and comprehensive assessment of optimization algorithms is a necessity that requires attention and care. As a result, my opinion is that this book should be followed and that it should be at the top of every experimenter’s table." (Rubén Ruiz, European Journal of Operational Research, 2011, 214(2):453-456)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642025372
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 457
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview.- The Future of Experimental Research.- Design and Analysis of Computational Experiments: Overview.- The Generation of Experimental Data for Computational Testing in Optimization.- The Attainment-Function Approach to Shastic Multiobjective Optimizer Assessment and Comparison.- Algorithm Engineering: Concepts and Practice.- Characterizing Algorithm Performance.- Algorithm Survival Analysis.- On Applications of Extreme Value Theory in Optimization.- Exploratory Analysis of Shastic Local Search Algorithms in Biobjective Optimization.- Algorithm Configuration and Tuning.- Mixed Models for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms.- Tuning an Algorithm Using Design of Experiments.- Using Entropy for Parameter Analysis of Evolutionary Algorithms.- F-Race and Iterated F-Race: An Overview.- The Sequential Parameter Optimization Toolbox.- Sequential Model-Based Parameter Optimization: an Experimental Investigation of Automated and Interactive Approaches.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)