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This paper presents the hierarchical cluster counting (HCC), a new quality metric for nondominated sets generated by multi-objective optimizers that is based on hierarchical clustering techniques. In the computation of the HCC, the samples in the estimate set are sequentially grouped into clusters. The nearest clusters in a given iteration are joined together until all the data is grouped in only one class. The distances of fusion used at each iteration of the hierarchical agglomerative clustering process are integrated into one value, which is the value of the HCC for that estimate set. The examples show that the HCC metric is able to evaluate both the extension and uniformity of the samples in the estimate set, making it suitable as a unary diversity metric for multiobjective optimization.
Date of Conference: 18-21 May 2009