Improved quick artificial bee colony (iqABC) algorithm for global optimization


SOFT COMPUTING, vol.23, no.24, pp.13161-13182, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 24
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00500-019-03858-y
  • Journal Name: SOFT COMPUTING
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.13161-13182
  • Keywords: Swarm intelligence, Artificial bee colony, Convergence speed, SENSOR DEPLOYMENT, PERFORMANCE
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm inspired by the complex behaviors of honey bees in foraging is one of the most significant swarm intelligence-based meta-heuristics and has been successfully applied to a number of numerical and combinatorial optimization problems. In this study, for increasing the early convergence performance of the ABC algorithm while protecting the qualities of the final solutions, a new exploitation mechanism from the best food source that is managed by the number of evaluations is described and its efficiency on both employed and onlooker bee phases is analyzed. The results of the experimental studies obtained from a set of benchmark problems showed that the ABC algorithm with the proposed method performs significantly better than the standard implementation of ABC algorithm and its other variants in terms of convergence speed and solution quality especially for the difficult problems that should be solved before completion of the relatively small number of fitness evaluations.