What is ACO ?

Ant Colony Optimization is the evolution of the Ant Algorithms, algorithms that were based on observation on ants. It is a metaheuristic algorithm that is used to solve complex problems (NP-hard) such as the Travelling Salesman Problem (in this problem, a salesman has to travel across each city in a minimum distance). There is a lot of litterate on ACO and TSP on the web...

Where does it come from ?

This implementation is based on the book http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10139 from Marco Dorigo.

What about some results?

Here are some outputs of the TSP computation of http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/comopt/software/TSPLIB95/ using my framework. The red line represents the best-so-far solution, the other lines are colored with respect to their pheromone intensity.
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Last edited Aug 31, 2008 at 7:39 AM by pelikhan, version 3