Using evolutionary algorithms to optimize anthropogenic material streams
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To optimize anthropogenic material streams, the production process, as well as the quality of the products, must be known. With knowledge of these requirements, it is possible to use extra applied algorithms—in this case evolutionary algorithms as part of artificial intelligence—for the optimization of these secondary material streams. The benefit of this application is the fast and precise calculation of the local and global optima of the optimizing problem. This calculation method uses the benefits of the biological reproduction by applications of mutation, selection, and recombination to find one of the best results in a huge amount of possible and potential results. For the use of secondary materials in the paper production it could be proven that in spite of high quotes of secondary materials in different paper classes, there are some paper classes in which the amount of secondary material could be raised without losing any quality.