Multi-objective meta-heuristics: An overview of the current state-of-the-art

D. F. Jones, S. K. Mirrazavi, M. Tamiz

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This paper gives an overview of meta-heuristics methods utilized within the paradigm of multi-objective programming. This is an area of research that has undergone substantial expansion and development in the past decade. A literature review for this period is presented and analyzed. Analysis of the types of multi-objective techniques and meta-heuristics is undertaken and reasons for their use hypothesized. The strengths and weaknesses of meta-heuristic methods as applied to multi-objective programmes are discussed. Finally, a summary is given together with suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2002


  • Compromise programming
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Goal programming
  • Meta-heuristics
  • Multi-objective programming
  • Simulated annealing
  • Tabu search


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