Journal article

Evolutionary computing for optimizing a region's distribution of agricultural production

R Wyatt, H Hossain

Applied GIS | Published : 2006


This paper describes a GIS-based software package that incorporates a 'genetic algorithm' to optimize crops' distribution across any region. Such optimization is powered by maps of where one finds the most suitable conditions for each crop, or each crop's current local yields, market price, market demand or transport costs. Our program's output is the crops distribution which achieves maximum economic return, or minimal environmental damage, or optimal fit with either present- or post-climatic-change soil suitability or minimum transport cost. The package can be implemented within any region where the necessary input data exists in Ascii and image format, and it incorporates a number of feat..

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