Searching the solution space in constructive geometric constraint solving with genetic algorithms
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Geometric problems defined by constraints have an exponential number of solution instances in the number of geometric elements involved. Generally, the user is only interested in one instance such that besides fulfilling the geometric constraints, exhibits some additional properties. Selecting a solution instance amounts to selecting a given root every time the geometric constraint solver needs to compute the zeros of a multi valuated function. The problem of selecting a given root is known as the Root Identification Problem. In this paper we present a new technique to solve the root identification problem. The technique is based on an automatic search in the space of solutions performed by a genetic algorithm. The user specifies the solution of interest by defining a set of additional constraints on the geometric elements which drive the search of the genetic algorithm. The method is extended with a sequential niche technique to compute multiple solutions. A number of case studies illustrate the performance of the method.
CitacióJoan-Arinyo, R., Luzón, M., Soto-Riera, A. "Searching the solution space in constructive geometric constraint solving with genetic algorithms". 2002.