Reliability Optimization Design Using a Hybridized Genetic Algorithm with a Neural-Network Technique

ChangYoon LEE  Mitsuo GEN  Way KUO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E84-A   No.2   pp.627-637
Publication Date: 2001/02/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Numerical Analysis and Optimization
optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation,  nonlinear mixed integer programming,  genetic algorithm,  neural network technique,  

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In this paper, we examine an optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problem formulated as a nonlinear mixed integer programming (nMIP) model which should simultaneously determine continuous and discrete decision variables. This problem is more difficult than the redundant allocation problem represented by a nonlinear integer problem (nIP). Recently, several researchers have obtained acceptable and satisfactory results by using genetic algorithms (GAs) to solve optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problems. For large-scale problems, however, the GA has to enumerate a vast number of feasible solutions due to the broad continuous search space. To overcome this difficulty, we propose a hybridized GA combined with a neural-network technique (NN-hGA) which is suitable for approximating optimal continuous solutions. Combining a GA with the NN technique makes it easier for the GA to solve an optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problem by bounding the broad continuous search space by the NN technique. In addition, the NN-hGA leads to optimal robustness and steadiness and does not affect the various initial conditions of the problems. Numerical experiments and comparisons with previous results demonstrate the efficiency of our proposed method.