Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) Algorithm

Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) is one of the most recently defined algorithms by Dervis Karaboga in 2005, motivated by the intelligent behavior of honey bees. It is as simple as Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and Differential Evolution (DE) algorithms, and uses only common control parameters such as colony size and maximum cycle number. ABC as an optimization tool, provides a population-based search procedure in which individuals called foods positions are modified by the artificial bees with time and the bee’s aim is to discover the places of food sources with high nectar amount and finally the one with the highest nectar. In ABC system, artificial bees fly around in a multidimensional search space and some (employed and onlooker bees) choose food sources depending on the experience of themselves and their nest mates, and adjust their positions. Some (scouts) fly and choose the food sources randomly without using experience. If the nectar amount of a new source is higher than that of the previous one in their memory, they memorize the new position and forget the previous one. Thus, ABC system combines local search methods, carried out by employed and onlooker bees, with global search methods, managed by onlookers and scouts, attempting to balance exploration and exploitation process.

Since 2005, some members of the intelligent systems research group, the head of the group is D.Karaboga, have studied on ABC algorithm and its applications to real world-problems. Karaboga and Basturk have studied on the version of ABC algorithm for unconstrained numerical optimization problems and its extended version for the constrained optimization problems.

Dervis Karaboga (2010) Artificial bee colony algorithm. Scholarpedia, 5(3):6915.

Two new improved implemantation codes of ABC have been just published in Information Sciences: M. Mernik, SH. Liu, D. Karaboga, M. Crepinsek, "On clarifying misconceptions when comparing variants of the Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm by offering a new implementation", Information Sciences, DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2014.08.040.

An implementation of the Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) Algorithm (R-package, A new version).

A comprehensive survey: artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm and applications

A version of ABC algorithm in CRAN (The Comprehensive R Archive) by George G. Vega Yon (Pure R code).

A demo program of Artificial Bee Colony Programming -ABCP-

Artificial Bee Colony Programming -ABCP- for Symbolic Regression

A Special Session on Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm in CEC 2012

ABC Algorithm Source Code by Delphi for Constrained Optimization has been released (17.05.2011)

Step by Step Procedure of ABC Algorithm can be downloaded from here (pdf) (16.05.2011)

Neural Network Training by ABC algorithm, XOR Problem Example has been released (15.03.2011)

A Special Session on Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm in CEC 2011

JAVA Code of the ABC algorithm has been released (15.04.2010)

C Code of the ABC algorithm has been released (14.12.2009)

MATLAB Code of the ABC algorithm version 2 has been released (14.12.2009) (more optimized coding)

MATLAB code of the basic ABC algorithm has been released (30.12.2008). Please click for downloading.

You can download the software demonstrating the scatter of bees in the search space from here (26.11.2008)

Detailed Pseudo-code of the ABC Algorithm can be downloaded from here (pdf) (14.10.2008)

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