Exercises for Chapter Eleven: Nonstationary and Noisy Function Optimisation

  1. Consider the following scenario:  a company has approached you to improve the design of a water turbine that they sell to homeowners wishing to generate electricity to live “off-the-grid”.

    They are  aware that conventional fluid mechanics models do not really give good results, so you suggest an approach where you evolve designs. Your proposal is to measure a fitness for each design by using a 3D printer to create a plastic version which you then test in a stream of water.

    List the possible sources of error and uncertainty in this approach and discuss how you might design your EA to take account of these.

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