An ant-based algorithm for annular sorting

Martyn Amos*, Oliver Don

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We present an ant-based algorithm for spatially sorting objects into an annular structure. The model is minimal, as it requires only stochastic ant behaviour coupled with a pheromone-inspired "attraction-repulsion" mechanism. This is the first annular sorting algorithm to consider the problem of objects with non-uniform size, as well as the situation where objects are pre-sorted. The algorithm consistently generates high-quality annular structures, and is particularly powerful in situations where the initial configuration of objects is similar to those observed in nature. We suggest that this model provides a powerful algorithmic framework, as well as a contribution to the study of "attraction-repulsion" models of animal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-1339-3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: 25 Sept 200728 Sept 2007


Conference2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007


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