Estimating attraction basin sizes
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The performance of local search algorithms is influenced by the properties that the neighborhood imposes on the search space. Among these properties, the number of local optima has been traditionally considered as a complexity measure of the instance, and different methods for its estimation have been developed. The accuracy of these estimators depends on properties such as the relative attraction basin sizes. As calculating the exact attraction basin sizes becomes unaffordable for moderate problem sizes, their estimations are required. The lack of techniques achieving this purpose encourages us to propose two methods that estimate the attraction basin size of a given local optimum. The first method takes uniformly at random solutions from the whole search space, while the second one takes into account the structure defined by the neighborhood. They are tested on different instances of problems in the permutation space, considering the swap and the adjacent swap neighborhoods.