Portland State University. Department of Physics.
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics
1 online resource (50 p.)
Genetic algorithms, Maximum entropy method
The Brandeis dice problem, originally introduced in 1962 by Jaynes as an illustration of the principle of maximum entropy, was solved using the genetic algorithm, and the resulting solution was compared with that obtained analytically. The effect of varying the genetic algorithm parameters was observed, and the optimum values for population size, mutation rate, and mutation interval were determined for this problem. The optimum genetic algorithm program was then compared to a completely random method of search and optimization. Finally, the genetic algorithm approach was extended to several variations of the original problem for which an analytical approach would be impractical.
Fellman, Laura Suzanne, "The Genetic Algorithm and Maximum Entropy Dice" (1996). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5247.