This paper introduces drift analysis approach in studying the convergence and hitting times of evolutionary algorithms. First the methodology of drift analysis is introduced, which links evolutionary algorithms with Markov chains or supermartingales. Then the drift conditions which guarantee the convergence of evolutionary algorithms are described. Finally the drift conditions which are used to estimate the hitting times of evolutionary algorithms are presented.
Pan Hao, Pan Hao,
"Approach of drift analysis in evolutionary algorithms", Proc. SPIE 5803, Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications III, (28 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.601444; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.601444