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I am currently working through Metaheuristics by El-Ghazali Talbi where he discusses encodings of algorithms.

"Messy representations: In linear representations of fixed length, the semantics of the values is tied to its position in the string. In messy representations, the value associated with a variable is independent of its position. Then, each element of the representation is a couple composed of the variable and its value. This encoding may have a variable length. It has been introduced to improve the efficiency of genetic operators by minimizing their disruption."

I have been unable to find a example problem where the representation has been used.

  • Does anyone know where these representations are commonly used?
  • Can someone point me towards a paper or repository with a code example?
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