Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Lee A. Becker, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Lee A. Becker

Identifier

etd-0426101-231555

Abstract

This thesis describes the use of genetic programming to automate the discovery of numerical approximation formulae. Results are presented involving rediscovery of known approximations for Harmonic numbers and discovery of rational polynomial approximations for functions of one or more variables, the latter of which are compared to Padé approximations obtained through a symbolic mathematics package. For functions of a single variable, it is shown that evolved solutions can be considered superior to Padé approximations, which represent a powerful technique from numerical analysis, given certain tradeoffs between approximation cost and accuracy, while for functions of more than one variable, we are able to evolve rational polynomial approximations where no Padé approximation can be computed. Furthermore, it is shown that evolved approximations can be iteratively improved through the evolution of approximations to their error function. Based on these results, we consider genetic programming to be a powerful and effective technique for the automated discovery of numerical approximation formulae.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Computer Science

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2001-04-26

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

genetic programming, approximations, machine learning, artificial intelligence, Approximation theory, Genetic programming (Computer science)

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