### Learning an Optimization Algorithm through Human Design Iterations

**Summary**

Solving optimal design problems through crowdsourcing faces a dilemma: On one hand, human beings have been shown to be more effective than algorithms at searching for good solutions of certain real-world problems with high-dimensional or discrete solution spaces; on the other hand, the cost of setting up crowdsourcing environments, the uncertainty in the crowd's domain-specific competence, and the lack of commitment of the crowd, all contribute to the lack of real-world application of design crowdsourcing. We are thus motivated to investigate a solution-searching mechanism where the computer learns to mimic the search strategy of a human solver, so that the search can be continued after he/she abandons the problem.

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**Related Papers**

1. Sexton, T. and Ren, Y. (2017). Learning an Optimization Algorithm through Human Design Iterations. ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.

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