The paradigm of exploratory modeling involves the use of series of computational experiments to analyze complex and uncertain problems. In this paper the authors describe a prototype environment that automates the exploratory modeling process. The exploratory modeling environment provides a powerful platform for applying evolutionary programming to a wide range of problems of practical importance, from modeling time series to discovering policy options with desirable characteristics. Conversely, the paradigm of exploratory modeling suggests a variety of interesting issues regarding the application of evolutionary programming to problems of this kind.
Originally published in: Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming, Anthony V. Sebald and Lawrence J. Fogel, eds., River Edge, N.J.: World Scientific Publishing Co., 1994, pp. 353-360.
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