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Ant Colony Optimization

Methods and Applications

Ants communicate information by leaving pheromone tracks. A moving ant leaves, in varying quantities, some pheromone on the ground to mark its way. While an isolated ant moves essentially at random, an ant encountering a previously laid trail is able to detect it and decide with high probability to follow it, thus reinforcing the track with its own pheromone. The collective behavior that emerges is thus a positive feedback: where the more the ants following a track, the more attractive that track becomes for being followed; thus the probability with which an ant chooses a path increases with the number of ants that previously chose the same path. This elementary ant's behavior inspired the development of ant colony optimization by Marco Dorigo in 1992, constructing a meta-heuristic stochastic combinatorial computational methodology belonging to a family of related meta-heuristic methods such as simulated annealing, Tabu search and genetic algorithms. This book covers in twenty chapters state of the art methods and applications of utilizing ant colony optimization algorithms. New methods and theory such as multi colony ant algorithm based upon a new pheromone arithmetic crossover and a repulsive operator, new findings on ant colony convergence, and a diversity of engineering and science applications from transportation, water resources, electrical and computer science disciplines are presented.

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Ant Colony OptimizationMethods and ApplicationsEdited by Avi Ostfeld

Published: February 4th 2011

DOI: 10.5772/577

ISBN: 978-953-307-157-2

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12 Crossref Citations

25 Web of Science Citations

29 Dimensions Citations

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1. Multi-Colony Ant Algorithm

By Enxiu Chen and Xiyu Liu

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2. Continuous Dynamic Optimization

By Walid Tfaili

1947

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3. An AND-OR Fuzzy Neural Network

By Jianghua Sui

2168

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4. Some Issues of ACO Algorithm Convergence

By Lorenzo Carvelli and Giovanni Sebastiani

1224

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5. Ant Colony Algorithms for Multiobjective Optimization

By Jaqueline S. Angelo and Helio J.C. Barbosa

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6. Automatic Construction of Programs Using Dynamic Ant Programming

By Shinichi Shirakawa, Shintaro Ogino, and Tomoharu Nagao

1430

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7. A Hybrid ACO-GA on Sports Competition Scheduling

By Huang Guangdong and Wang Qun

1473

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8. Adaptive Sensor-Network Topology Estimating Algorithm Based on the Ant Colony Optimization

By Satoshi Kuriharam, Hiroshi Tamaki, Kenichi Fukui and Masayuki Numao

1312

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9. Ant Colony Optimization in Green Manufacturing

By Cong Lu

1260

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10. Optimizing Laminated Composites Using Ant Colony Algorithms

By Mahdi Abachizadeh and Masoud Tahani

1887

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11. Ant Colony Optimization for Water Resources Systems Analysis – Review and Challenges

By Avi Ostfeld

2538

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12. Application of Continuous ACOR to Neural Network Training: Direction of Arrival Problem

By Hamed Movahedipour

1713

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13. Ant Colony Optimization for Coherent Synthesis of Computer System

By Mieczyslaw Drabowski

955

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14. Ant Colony Optimization Approach for Optimizing Traffic Signal Timings

By Ozgur Baskan and Soner Haldenbilen

2158

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15. Forest Transportation Planning Under Multiple Goals Using Ant Colony Optimization

By Woodam Chung and Marco Contreras

1859

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16. Ant Colony System-Based Applications to Electrical Distribution System Optimization

By Gianfranco Chicco

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17. Ant Colony Optimization for Image Segmentation

By Yuanjing Feng and Zhejin Wang

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18. SoC Test Applications Using ACO metaheuristic

By Hong-Sik Kim, Jin-Ho An and Sungho Kang

1145

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19. Ant Colony Optimization For Multiobjective Buffers Sizing Problems

By Hicham Chehade, Lionel Amodeo and Farouk Yalaoui

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20. On the Use of ACO Algorithm for Electromagnetic Designs

By Eva Rajo-Iglesias, Óscar Quevedo-Teruel and Luis Inclán-Sánchez

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