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Search bias in constructive metaheuristics and implications for ant colony optimisation


Montgomery, J and Randall, M and Hendtlass, T, Search bias in constructive metaheuristics and implications for ant colony optimisation, Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop (ANTS 2004), 5-8 September 2004, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 390-397. ISBN 9783540226727 (2004) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/b99492


Constructive metaheuristics explore a tree of constructive decisions, the topology of which is determined by the way solutions are represented and constructed. Some solution representations allow particular solutions to be reached on a greater number of paths in this construction tree than other solutions, which can introduce a bias to the search. A bias can also be introduced by the topology of the construction tree. This is particularly the case in problems where certain solution representations are infeasible. This paper presents an examination of the mechanisms that determine the topologies of construction trees and the implications for ant colony optimisation. The results provide insights into why certain assignment orders perform better in problems such as the quadratic and generalised assignment problems, in terms of both solution quality and avoiding infeasible solutions.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:ant colony optimisation, solution representation, search space, search bias, optimisation
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Machine learning
Research Field:Neural networks
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Montgomery, J (Dr James Montgomery)
ID Code:97265
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-12-09
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