Exploratory modeling : search through spaces of computational experiments

by Steven C. Bankes, James J. Gillogly

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.

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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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