Application of ACO in Continuous Domain

  • Min Kong
  • Peng Tian
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4222)


The Ant Colony Optimization has gained great success in applications to combinatorial optimization problems, but few of them are proposed in the continuous domain. This paper proposes an ant algorithm, called Direct Ant Colony Optimization (DACO), for the function optimization problem in continuous domain. In DACO, artificial ants generate solutions according to a set of normal distribution, of which the characteristics are represented by pheromone modified by ants according to the previous search experience. Experimental results show the advantage of DACO over other ACO based algorithms for the function optimization problems of different characteristics.


Ant Colony Optimization Function Optimization Problem Continuous Domain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Kong
    • 1
  • Peng Tian
    • 1
  1. 1.Shanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina

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