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A Distributed Approach To Ant Colony Optimization


  • Eng. Sorin Ilie Ph. D Student

    (University of Craiova Software Engineering Department)

  • Prof. Costin Bădică Ph. D

    (University of Craiova Software Engineering Department)


Swarm Intelligence(SI) is the emergent collective intelligence of groups of simple agents. Economy is an example of SI. Simulating an economy using Ant Colony algorithms would allow prediction and control of fluctuations in the complex emergent behavior of the simulated system. Such a simulation is far beyond SI's capabilities, which is still in its infancy. This paper presents a distributed approach implementing Ant Colony Optimization(ACO). We present our agent based architecture of ACO and initial experimental results on the Travelling Salesman Problem. The innovation of our work consists of: i)representing network nodes as software agents, ii) representing software agents as software objects that are passed as messages between the nodes according to ACO rules.

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  • Eng. Sorin Ilie Ph. D Student & Prof. Costin Bădică Ph. D, 2010. "A Distributed Approach To Ant Colony Optimization," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 2(38), pages 1-10, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aio:aucsse:v:2:y:2010:i:10:p:352-361

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    Swarm Intelligence; Ant Colony Optimization; Multi-Agent; Distributed; Heuristis;

    JEL classification:

    • Y90 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Other - - - Other
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis


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