An Algorithm for Evolving Protocol Constraints
We present an investigation into the design of an evolutionary mechanism for multiagent protocol constraint optimisation. Starting with a review of common population based mechanisms we discuss the properties of the mechanisms used by these search methods. We derive a novel algorithm for optimisation of vectors of real numbers and empirically validate the efficacy of the design by comparing against well known results from the literature. We discuss the application of an optimiser to a novel problem and remark upon the relevance of the no free lunch theorem. We show the relative performance of the optimiser is strong and publish details of a new best result for the Keane optimisation problem. We apply the final algorithm to the multi-agent protocol optimisation problem and show the design process was successful.