Recent Advances in Selection Hyper-heuristics

Drake, John H. and Kheiri, Ahmed and Özcan, Ender and Burke, Edmund K. (2020) Recent Advances in Selection Hyper-heuristics. European Journal of Operational Research, 285 (2). pp. 405-428. ISSN 0377-2217

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Hyper-heuristics have emerged as a way to raise the level of generality of search techniques for computational search problems. This is in contrast to many approaches, which represent customised methods for a single problem domain or a narrow class of problem instances. The term hyper-heuristic was defined in the early 2000s as a heuristic to choose heuristics, but the idea of designing high-level heuristic methodologies can be traced back to the early 1960s. The current state-of-the-art in hyper-heuristic research comprises a set of methods that are broadly concerned with intelligently selecting or generating a suitable heuristic for a given situation. Hyper-heuristics can be considered as search methods that operate on lower-level heuristics or heuristic components, and can be categorised into two main classes: heuristic selection and heuristic generation. Here we will focus on the first of these two categories, selection hyper-heuristics. This paper gives a brief history of this emerging area, reviews contemporary selection hyper-heuristic literature, and discusses recent selection hyper-heuristic frameworks. In addition, the existing classification of selection hyper-heuristics is extended, in order to reflect the nature of the challenges faced in contemporary research. Unlike the survey on hyper-heuristics published in 2013, this paper focuses only on selection hyper-heuristics and presents critical discussion, current research trends and directions for future research.

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European Journal of Operational Research
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?? decision support systemsartificial intelligencemachine learningmetaheuristicsheuristicsmodelling and simulationmanagement science and operations researchinformation systems and management ??
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