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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Genetic algorithms have been applied fairly successful to a number of optimization problems. Nevertheless, a common theory why and when they work is still missing. In this paper a theory is outlined which is based on the science of plant and animal breeding. A central part of the theory is the response to selection equation and the concept of heritability. A fundamental theorem states that the heritability is equal to the regression coe cient of parent to o spring. The theory is applied todoi:10.1007/3-540-59046-3_9 fatcat:m432s4nmtvhrdgag23n5kat3oe