Investigating genetic programming with novelty and domain knowledge for program synthesis
Author(s)Kelly, Jonathan Gregory.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Una-May O'Reilly and Erik Hemberg.
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Low population diversity is recognized as a factor in premature convergence of evolutionary algorithms. We investigate program synthesis performance via grammatical evolution using novelty search -- substituting the conventional search objective -- based on synthesis quality, with a novelty objective. This prompts us to introduce a new selection method named knobelty which parametrically balances exploration and exploitation. We also recognize that programmers solve coding problems with the support of both programming and problem specfic knowledge. We attempt to transfer insights from such human expertise to genetic programming (GP) for solving automatic program synthesis. We draw upon manual and non-GP Artificial Intelligence methods to extract knowledge from synthesis problem definitions to guide the construction of the grammar that Grammatical Evolution uses and to supplement its fitness function. Additionally, we investigate the compounding impact of this knowledge and novelty search. The resulting approaches exhibit improvements in accuracy on a majority of problems in the field's benchmark suite of program synthesis problems.
This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 65-68).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.