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Ant algorithms for discrete optimization
 ARTIFICIAL LIFE
, 1999
"... This article presents an overview of recent work on ant algorithms, that is, algorithms for discrete optimization that took inspiration from the observation of ant colonies’ foraging behavior, and introduces the ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheuristic. In the first part of the article the basic ..."
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This article presents an overview of recent work on ant algorithms, that is, algorithms for discrete optimization that took inspiration from the observation of ant colonies’ foraging behavior, and introduces the ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheuristic. In the first part of the article the basic biological findings on real ants are reviewed and their artificial counterparts as well as the ACO metaheuristic are defined. In the second part of the article a number of applications of ACO algorithms to combinatorial optimization and routing in communications networks are described. We conclude with a discussion of related work and of some of the most important aspects of the ACO metaheuristic.
The ant colony optimization metaheuristic
 in New Ideas in Optimization
, 1999
"... Ant algorithms are multiagent systems in which the behavior of each single agent, called artificial ant or ant for short in the following, is inspired by the behavior of real ants. Ant algorithms are one of the most successful examples of swarm intelligent systems [3], and have been applied to many ..."
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Ant algorithms are multiagent systems in which the behavior of each single agent, called artificial ant or ant for short in the following, is inspired by the behavior of real ants. Ant algorithms are one of the most successful examples of swarm intelligent systems [3], and have been applied to many types of problems, ranging from the classical traveling salesman
AntNet: Distributed stigmergetic control for communications networks
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1998
"... This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents co ..."
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This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents concurrently explore the network and exchange collected information. The communication among the agents is indirect and asynchronous, mediated by the network itself. This form of communication is typical of social insects and is called stigmergy. We compare our algorithm with six stateoftheart routing algorithms coming from the telecommunications and machine learning elds. The algorithms' performance is evaluated over a set of realistic testbeds. We run many experiments over real and arti cial IP datagram networks with increasing number of nodes and under several paradigmatic spatial and temporal tra c distributions. Results are very encouraging. AntNet showed superior performance under all the experimental conditions with respect to its competitors. We analyze the main characteristics of the algorithm and try to explain the reasons for its superiority. 1.
Metaheuristics in combinatorial optimization: Overview and conceptual comparison
 ACM COMPUTING SURVEYS
, 2003
"... The field of metaheuristics for the application to combinatorial optimization problems is a rapidly growing field of research. This is due to the importance of combinatorial optimization problems for the scientific as well as the industrial world. We give a survey of the nowadays most important meta ..."
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The field of metaheuristics for the application to combinatorial optimization problems is a rapidly growing field of research. This is due to the importance of combinatorial optimization problems for the scientific as well as the industrial world. We give a survey of the nowadays most important metaheuristics from a conceptual point of view. We outline the different components and concepts that are used in the different metaheuristics in order to analyze their similarities and differences. Two very important concepts in metaheuristics are intensification and diversification. These are the two forces that largely determine the behaviour of a metaheuristic. They are in some way contrary but also complementary to each other. We introduce a framework, that we call the I&D frame, in order to put different intensification and diversification components into relation with each other. Outlining the advantages and disadvantages of different metaheuristic approaches we conclude by pointing out the importance of hybridization of metaheuristics as well as the integration of metaheuristics and other methods for optimization.
Theoretical and Numerical ConstraintHandling Techniques used with Evolutionary Algorithms: A Survey of the State of the Art
, 2002
"... This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the most popular constrainthandling techniques currently used with evolutionary algorithms. We review approaches that go from simple variations of a penalty function, to others, more sophisticated, that are biologically inspired on emulations of the imm ..."
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This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the most popular constrainthandling techniques currently used with evolutionary algorithms. We review approaches that go from simple variations of a penalty function, to others, more sophisticated, that are biologically inspired on emulations of the immune system, culture or ant colonies. Besides describing briefly each of these approaches (or groups of techniques), we provide some criticism regarding their highlights and drawbacks. A small comparative study is also conducted, in order to assess the performance of several penaltybased approaches with respect to a dominancebased technique proposed by the author, and with respect to some mathematical programming approaches. Finally, we provide some guidelines regarding how to select the most appropriate constrainthandling technique for a certain application, ad we conclude with some of the the most promising paths of future research in this area.
An introduction to collective intelligence
 Handbook of Agent technology. AAAI
, 1999
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MAXMIN Ant System and Local Search for the Traveling Salesman Problem
 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION (ICEC'97)
, 1997
"... Ant System is a general purpose algorithm inspired by the study of the behavior of Ant Colonies. It is based on a cooperative search paradigm that is applicable to the solution of combinatorial optimization problems. In this paper we introduce MAX MIN Ant System, an improved version of basic Ant S ..."
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Ant System is a general purpose algorithm inspired by the study of the behavior of Ant Colonies. It is based on a cooperative search paradigm that is applicable to the solution of combinatorial optimization problems. In this paper we introduce MAX MIN Ant System, an improved version of basic Ant System, and report our results for its application to symmetric and asymmetric instances of the well known Traveling Salesman Problem. We show how MAX MIN Ant System can be significantly improved extending it with local search heuristics. Our results clearly show that MAX MIN Ant System has the property of effectively guiding the local search heuristics towards promising regions of the search space by generating good initial tours. I. Introduction The Ant System algorithm, originally introduced in [3], [4], is a new cooperative search algorithm inspired by the behavior of real ants. Ants are able to find good solutions to shortest path problems between a food source and their home colony...
AntNet: A Mobile Agents Approach to Adaptive Routing
, 1997
"... This paper introduces AntNet, a new routing algorithm for communications networks. AntNet is an adaptive, distributed, mobileagentsbased algorithm whichwas inspired by recentwork on the ant colony metaphor. We apply AntNet to a datagram network and compare it with both static and adaptive stateof ..."
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This paper introduces AntNet, a new routing algorithm for communications networks. AntNet is an adaptive, distributed, mobileagentsbased algorithm whichwas inspired by recentwork on the ant colony metaphor. We apply AntNet to a datagram network and compare it with both static and adaptive stateoftheart routing algorithms. We ran experiments for various paradigmatic temporal and spatial traffic distributions. AntNet showed both very good performance and robustness under all the experimental conditions with respect to its competitors.
Designing pixeloriented visualization techniques: theory and applications
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
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An Improved Ant System Algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem
 Annals of Operations Research
, 1997
"... this paper an improved ant system algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem with one central depot and identical vehicles. Computational results on fourteen benchmark problems from the literature are reported and a comparison with five other metaheuristic approaches to solve vehicle routing problems ..."
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this paper an improved ant system algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem with one central depot and identical vehicles. Computational results on fourteen benchmark problems from the literature are reported and a comparison with five other metaheuristic approaches to solve vehicle routing problems is made.