A Self-adaptive Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm with Symmetry Initialization

Yu Xue, Jiongming Jiang, Tinghuai Ma, Jingfa Liu, Huantong Geng, Wei Pang

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The Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) algorithm is an optimization algorithm inspired by the foraging behavior of bee swarms. Existing research has shown that the ABC algorithm is an effective and robust population-based method which can be used to solve various real-world optimization problems. However, similar to many evolutionary algorithms, there is still a main limitation in ABC, i.e., in many problems, ABC is good at exploration but poor at exploitation. Thus, in order to overcome this limitation and improve the performance of ABC when dealing with various kinds of optimization problems, we proposed a self-adaptive artificial bee colony algorithm with symmetry initialization (SABC-SI). In our SABC-SI algorithm, a novel population initialization method based on half space and symmetry is designed, and such method can increase the diversity of initial solutions. Besides, a self-adaptive search mechanism which is employed in ABC and several new Candidate Solution Generating Strategies (CSGSes) have also been developed. So, the evolutionary strategies cannot only be selected dynamically according to their search performance, but also be enhanced. Moreover, the selection operator is improved by eliminating a part of the poor solutions and making good use of the two best solutions in both the current and previous generations. The novel algorithm was tested on 25 different benchmark functions. The experimental results show that SABC-SI outperforms several state-of-the-art algorithms, which indicates that it has great potential to be applied to a wide range of optimization problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347-1362
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Internet Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • artificial Bee Colony
  • population initialization
  • self-adaptive
  • selection Strategy


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