A framework for evolving multi-shaped detectors in negative selection


This paper presents a framework to generate multi-shaped detectors with valued negative selection algorithms (NSA). In particular, detectors can take the form of hyper-rectangles, hyperspheres and hyper-ellipses in the non-self space. These novel pattern detectors (in the complement space) are evolved using a genetic search (the structured genetic algorithm), which uses hierarchical genomic structures and a gene activation mechanism to encode multiple detector shapes. This genetic search (the Structured GA) allows in maintaining diverse shapes while contributing to the proliferation of best suited detector shapes in expressed phenotype. The results showed that a significant coverage of the non-self space could be achieved with fewer detectors compared to other NSA approaches (using only single-shaped detectors). The uniform representation scheme and the evolutionary mechanism used in this work can serve as a baseline for further extension to use several shapes, providing an efficient coverage of non-self space. © 2007 IEEE.

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Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computational Intelligence, FOCI 2007