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Title: On comparison of constrained and unconstrained evolutions in analogue electronics on the example of “LC” low-pass filters
Authors: Sapargaliyev, Y
Kalganova, T
Keywords: evolutionary electronics; unconstrained evolution; analogue passive low-pass filter
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
Citation: IEICE Transactions on Electronics. E89-C(12) 1920-1927.
Abstract: The Evolutionary Electronics refers to the design method of electronic circuits with the help of Evolutionary Algorithms. Over the years huge experience has been accumulated and tremendous results have been achieved in this field. Two obvious tendencies are prevailing in the area over designers to improve the performance of Evolutionary Algorithms. First of all, as with any solution-search-algorithm, the designers try to reduce the potential solution space in order to reach the optimum solution faster, putting some constrains onto search algorithm as well as onto potential solutions. At the same time, the second tendency of unconstraining the Evolutionary Algorithms in its search gives unpredictable breakthroughs in results. Enabling the evolution to optimize with more experimental parameters devoted to drive the evolution and adjusted previously manually, is one of an example where such kind of unconstraining takes place. The evolution with the maximum freedom of search can be addressed as unconstrained evolution. The unconstrained evolution has already been applied in the past towards the design of digital circuits, and extraordinary results have been obtained, including generation of circuits with smaller number of electronic components. Recently, the similar method has been introduced by authors of this paper towards the design of analogue circuits. The new algorithm has produced promising results in terms of quality of the circuits evolved and evolutionary resources required. It differed from constrained method by its simplicity and represented one of the first attempts to apply Evolutionary Strategy towards the analogue circuit design. In this paper both conventional constrained evolution and newly developed unconstrained evolution in analogue domain are compared in detail on the example of "LC" low-pass filter design. The unconstrained evolution demonstrates the superior behaviour over the constrained one and exceeds by quality of results the best filter evolved previously by 240%. The experimental results are presented along with detailed analysis. Also, the obtained results are compared in details with low-pass filters designed previously.
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