[SciPy-user] Ant Colony Optimization

Steve Schmerler elcorto@gmx....
Wed Aug 1 18:21:24 CDT 2007


Brandon C. Nuttall wrote:
> Folks,
> 
> Is there an implementation of the Ant Colony Optimization routines available in Python? See http://www.aco-metaheuristic.org/
> 

AFAIK not some "quasi-standard" library (like LAPACK). Metaheuristics (be it
ACO, GA, PSO, whatever) are usually (a) relatively straigtforward to code, (b)
very problem-specific. The real challenge is more the algorithm tuning
(population size etc.) and the selection of proper operators. Sometimes, a
combination of (tons of) literature hints and clever test runs solves this, but
there are also books on the topic (see e.g.
http://www.amazon.com/Parameter-Evolutionary-Algorithms-Computational-Intelligence/dp/3540694315).

-- 
cheers,
steve

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