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First steps to the runtime complexity analysis of ant colony optimization

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First steps to the runtime complexity analysis of ant colony optimization
: The paper presents results on the runtime complexity of two ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithms: Ant System, the oldest ACO variant, and GBAS, the first ACO variant for which theoretical convergence results have been established. In both cases, as the class of test problems under consideration, a slight generalization of the well-known OneMax test function has been chosen. The techniques used for the runtime analysis of the two algorithms differ: In the case of GBAS, the expected runtime until the optimal solution is reached is studied by a direct bound estimation approach inspired by comparable results for the (1+1) evolutionary algorithm (EA). A runtime bound of order O(m log m), where m is the problem instance size, is obtained. In the case of Ant System, the original discrete stochastic process is approximated by a suitable continuous deterministic process. The validity of the approximation is shown by means of a rigid convergence theorem exploiting a classical result from m...
Walter J. Gutjahr
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where COR
Authors Walter J. Gutjahr
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