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Genes 2018, 9(12), 626;

Neural Network Evolving Algorithm Based on the Triplet Codon Encoding Method

School of Computer Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 5 November 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Technologies and Resources for Genetics)


Artificial intelligence research received more and more attention nowadays. Neural Evolution (NE) is one very important branch of AI, which waves the power of evolutionary algorithms to generate Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). How to use the evolutionary advantages of network topology and weights to solve the application of Artificial Neural Networks is the main problem in the field of NE. In this paper, a novel DNA encoding method based on the triple codon is proposed. Additionally, a NE algorithm Triplet Codon Encoding Neural Network Evolving Algorithm (TCENNE) based on this encoding method is presented to verify the rationality and validity of the coding design. The results show that TCENNE is very effective and more robust than NE algorithms, due to the coding design. Also, it is shown that it can realize the co-evolution of network topology and weights and outperform other neural evolution systems in challenging reinforcement learning tasks. View Full-Text
Keywords: DNA; neural evolution; triplet codon; encoding DNA; neural evolution; triplet codon; encoding

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Yang, X.; Deng, S.; Ji, M.; Zhao, J.; Zheng, W. Neural Network Evolving Algorithm Based on the Triplet Codon Encoding Method. Genes 2018, 9, 626.

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