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14.20. Did My Optimization Use OptQuest or the Genetic Algorithm?

Applies to:
Evolver 6.x/7.x
RISKOptimizer in @RISK 6.x/7.x Industrial Edition

I have my optimization engine set to Automatic.  How can I tell whether a given optimization used the Genetic Algorithm or OptQuest?

Look in the Optimization Summary report, near the end, to find the "Optimization Engine" entry. This will tell you whether OptQuest or the Genetic Algorithm was chosen.  If OptQuest was chosen, there's no way within Evolver or RISKOptimizer (@RISK) to determine which sub-algorithm was used.

"The OptQuest Engine combines Tabu search, scatter search, integer programming, and neural networks into a single, composite search algorithm." (source, accessed 2013-11-04)  This standard algorithm does not include the OptTek genetic algorithm, because Evolver and RIKOptimizer (@RISK Industrial) have Palisade's genetic algorithm built in.

Last edited: 2015-07-23

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