A Swarm Intelligence Algorithm Inspired by Twitter

  • Zhihui Lv
  • Furao ShenEmail author
  • Jinxi Zhao
  • Tao Zhu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9949)


For many years, evolutionary computation researchers have been trying to extract the swarm intelligence from biological systems in nature. Series of algorithms proposed by imitating animals’ behaviours have established themselves as effective means for solving optimization problems. However these bio-inspired methods are not yet satisfactory enough because the behaviour models they reference, such as the foraging birds and bees, are too simple to handle different problems. In this paper, by studying a more complicated behaviour model, human’s social behaviour pattern on Twitter which is an influential social media and popular among billions of users, we propose a new algorithm named Twitter Optimization (TO). TO is able to solve most of the real-parameter optimization problems by imitating human’s social actions on Twitter: following, tweeting and retweeting. The experiments show that, TO has a good performance on the benchmark functions.


Swarm Intelligence Social Media Twitter Optimization Particle Swarm Optimization 



The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their time and valuable suggestions. This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. (61375064, 61373001) and Jiangsu NSF grant (BK20131279).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Department of Computer Science and TechnologyNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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