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A generation consists of the production
of a new population
in a generational algorithm. A similar definition is used for a
A maximum number of generations
usually defines the stopping criterion in genetic programming. However,
when it is possible to achieve an ideal fitness, this can also
serve as the stopping criterion. In this thesis, a maximum
generation number is used, regardless of whether the ideal fitness is achieved.
Other criteria are possible, such as a measure of diversity loss or
a lack of fitness improvement.