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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-31719-2-ch179
Pages 1170-1171
First published 2 September 2013

How Fast Can We Evolve Something?

Inman Harvey

Abstract

When applying a Genetic Algorithm to a new problem, how many generations should one reasonably expect to wait before reaching an acceptable solution? Using arguments based on information flow into the genepool, mediated by selection each generation, we present a rough and ready heuristic.