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2 Question 2: Genetic programming is a population search method, thus, what effect does population diversity have on other aspects of the search process?

The effects of population diversity were seen in Chapter 6 when studying code growth. The results showed how low fitness diversity reduces selection pressure and how high genetic diversity can reduce code growth. Chapter 7 showed how search using populations with a high number of equally fit and similar individuals is guided more by the dissimilar and poorly fit individuals. Chapter 5 demonstrated the increased exploration ability of more genetically dissimilar populations, but at the cost of fitness. Chapter 5 suggested population convergence can promote a hill-climbing behaviour that is beneficial to improving fitness on some problems.


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