A parallel technique for multi-objective Bayesian global optimization: Using a batch selection of probability of improvement

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Abstract

Bayesian global optimization (BGO) is an efficient surrogate-assisted technique for problems involving expensive evaluations. A parallel technique can be used to parallelly evaluate the true-expensive objective functions in one iteration to boost the execution time. An effective and straightforward approach is to design an acquisition function that can evaluate the performance of a bath of multiple solutions, instead of a single point/solution, in one iteration. This paper proposes five alternatives of Probability of Improvement (PoI) with multiple points in a batch (q-PoI) for multi-objective Bayesian global optimization (MOBGO), taking the covariance among multiple points into account. Both exact computational formulas and the Monte Carlo approximation algorithms for all proposed q-PoIs are provided. Based on the distribution of the multiple points relevant to the Pareto-front, the position-dependent behavior of the five q-PoIs is investigated. Moreover, the five q-PoIs are compared with the other nine state-of-the-art and recently proposed batch MOBGO algorithms on twenty bio-objective benchmarks. The empirical experiments on different variety of benchmarks are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of two greedy q-PoIs (q-PoI best and q-PoI all) on low-dimensional problems and the effectiveness of two explorative q-PoIs (q-PoI one and q-PoI worst) on high-dimensional problems with difficult-to-approximate Pareto front boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101183
JournalSwarm and Evolutionary Computation
Volume75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Batch selection
  • Gaussian processes
  • Multi-objective Bayesian global optimization
  • Parallelization
  • Probability of Improvement
  • Surrogate model

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