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One of the nice things about genetic algorithms is that they can easily be used for a diverse array of problem domains, whereas PSO for example seems best-suited for candidates of real-valued vectors (although I am aware of the use of the latter in combinatorial problems). It has, however, occurred to me that, by using genetic algorithms because they are familiar and easy to apply, I could be forgoing a better solution with a different metaheuristic. To avoid subjective discussion, I am of course looking for carefully gathered empirical results about this subject matter. I can't seem to find too many on my own.

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  • $\begingroup$ Your title is very broad, yet your actual post seems to be more focused. Can you try to update your title accordingly? $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Sep 3 '17 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what edit would be appropriate to achieve that outcome $\endgroup$ – readyready15728 Sep 3 '17 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ OK, here's what would achieve that outcome: 1. Edit the question to ask a question in the body of the question. 2. Make sure it is a specific question. If you just copy-paste the title into the body, we're probably going to tell you that your question is too broad. So, you'll probably need to ask a more specific question. 3. Then, choose a title that is a summary rather than an attempt at a complete statement of the question; see cs.meta.stackexchange.com/a/815/755. $\endgroup$ – D.W. Sep 3 '17 at 16:58
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    $\begingroup$ 4. Open-ended questions that call for a list of papers to read often aren't a good fit here. Can you articulate a question that has a single correct answer, and can be answered in a paragraph or two? 5. What research have you done? Have you searched on this site? I've noticed a few related questions: cs.stackexchange.com/q/56342/755, cs.stackexchange.com/q/561/755, cs.stackexchange.com/q/48245/755, and probably more. $\endgroup$ – D.W. Sep 3 '17 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ I agree. A reference request like yours is too broad for Stack Exchange -- you ask for a survey of a whole research area! You need to narrow your focus considerably before a question of reasonable scope appears. Try talking to your advisor(s), search with Google Scholar and check out this guide to better (re)searches on Academia. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Sep 3 '17 at 17:16

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