Random-key genetic algorithms were introduced by Bean (1994) for solving sequencing problems in combinatorial optimization. Since then, they have been extended to handle a wide class of combinatorial optimization problems. This paper presents a tutorial on the implementation and use of biased random-key genetic algorithms for solving combinatorial optimization problems. Biased random-key genetic algorithms are a variant of random-key genetic algorithms, where one of the parents used for mating is biased to be of higher fitness than the other parent. After introducing the basics of biased random-key genetic algorithms, the paper discusses in some detail implementation issues, illustrating the ease in which sequential and parallel heuristics based on biased random-key genetic algorithms can be developed. A survey of applications that have recently appeared in the literature is also given.
AT&T Labs Research Technical Report, Florham Park, NJ, October 9, 2009.