# Candidate solution

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In optimization (a branch of mathematics), a **candidate solution** is a member of a set of possible solutions to a given problem. A candidate solution does not have to be a likely or reasonable solution to the problem – it is simply in the set that satisfies all constraints.

The space of all candidate solutions is called the **feasible region**, **feasible set**, **search space**, or **solution space**.
In the case of the genetic algorithm, the candidate solutions are the individuals in the population being evolved by the algorithm.

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