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.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Reprint series. The Reprint was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1992 to 2011 that represented previously published journal articles, book chapters, and reports with the permission of the publisher. RAND reprints were formally reviewed in accordance with the publisher's editorial policy and compliant with RAND's rigorous quality assurance standards for quality and objectivity. For select current RAND journal articles, see External Publications.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.