Handling Dynamic Multiobjective Optimization Environments via Layered Prediction and Subspace-Based Diversity Maintenance

Yaru Hu, Jinhua Zheng* (Corresponding Author), Shouyong Jiang* (Corresponding Author), Shengxiang Yang, Juan Zou

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In this article, we propose an evolutionary algorithm based on layered prediction (LP) and subspace-based diversity maintenance (SDM) for handling dynamic multiobjective optimization (DMO) environments. The LP strategy takes into account different levels of progress by different individuals in evolution and historical information to predict the population in the event of environmental changes for a prompt change response. The SDM strategy identifies gaps in population distribution and employs a gap-filling technique to increase population diversity. SDM further guides rational population reproduction with a subspace-based probability model to maintain the balance between population diversity and convergence in every generation of evolution regardless of environmental changes. The proposed algorithm has been extensively studied through comparison with five state-of-the-art algorithms on a variety of test problems, demonstrating its effectiveness in dealing with DMO problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2572 - 2585
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Issue number4
Early online date15 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

Bibliographical note

This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 62176228 and Grant 61876164; in part by the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province under Grant 2020JJ4590; and in part by the Education Department Major Project of Hunan Province under Grant 17A212.

Data Availability Statement

This article has supplementary material provided by the authors and color versions of one or more figures available at https://doi.org/10.1109/TCYB.2021.3128584


  • Change response
  • Convergence
  • dynamic multiobjective optimization (DMO)
  • gap filling
  • Heuristic algorithms
  • layered prediction (LP)
  • Linear programming
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Optimization
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • subspace-based diversity maintenance (SDM)


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