Effect of transformations of numerical parameters in automatic algorithm configuration

Alberto Franzin, Leslie Pérez Cáceres, Thomas Stützle

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We study the impact of altering the sampling space of parameters in automatic algorithm configurators. We show that a proper transformation can strongly improve the convergence towards better configurations; at the same time, biases about good parameter values, possibly based on misleading prior knowledge, may lead to wrong choices in the transformations and be detrimental for the configuration process. To emphasize the impact of the transformations, we initially study their effect on configuration tasks with a single parameter in different experimental settings. We also propose a mechanism for how to adapt towards an appropriate transformation and give exemplary experimental results of that scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1741-1753
Number of pages13
JournalOptimization Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Automatic algorithm configuration
  • Numerical parameters
  • Parameter transformation
  • Parameter tuning


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