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Niching Without Niching Parameters: Particle Swarm Optimization Using a Ring Topology

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Niching Without Niching Parameters: Particle Swarm Optimization Using a Ring Topology
Niching is an important technique for multimodal optimization. Most existing niching methods require specification of certain niching parameters in order to perform well. These niching parameters, often used to inform a niching algorithm how far apart between two closest optima or the number of optima in the search space, are typically difficult to set as they are problem dependent. This paper describes a simple yet effective niching algorithm, a particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm using a ring neighborhood topology, which does not require any niching parameters. A PSO algorithm using the ring topology can operate as a niching algorithm by using individual particles' local memories to form a stable network retaining the best positions found so far, while these particles explore the search space more broadly. Given a reasonably large population uniformly distributed in the search space, PSO algorithms using the ring topology are able to form stable niches across different l...
Xiaodong Li
Added 22 May 2011
Updated 22 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where TEC
Authors Xiaodong Li
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