MC-ANT: a Multi-colony Ant Algorithm



In this paper we propose an ant colony optimization variant where several independent colonies try to simultaneously solve the same problem. The approach includes a migration mechanism that ensures the exchange of information between colonies and a mutation operator that aims to adjust the parameter settings during the optimization.
The proposed method was applied to several benchmark instances of the node placement problem. The results obtained shown that the multi-colony approach is more effective than the single-colony. A detailed analysis of the algorithm behavior also reveals that it is able to delay the premature convergence.


Ant Colony Optimization, Multiple colony, Node Place- ment Problem, Bidirectional Manhattan Street Network


Evolutionary Optimization


Artificial Evolution (EA '09), October 2009

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