For each algorithm, the authors present the procedures of the algorithm, parameter selection criteria, convergence property analysis, and parallelization. There are also several real–world examples that illustrate various aspects of the algorithms. The book includes an introduction to fuzzy logic and its application in the formulation of multi–objective optimization problems, a discussion on hybrid techniques that combine features of heuristics, a survey of recent research work, and examples that illustrate required mathematical concepts.
The unique features of this book are: An integrated and up–to–date description of iterative non–deterministic algorithms; Detailed descriptions of Simulated Evolution and Stochastic Evolution; A level of treatment suitable for first year graduate student and practicing engineers; Parallelization aspects and particular parallel implementations; A brief survey of recent research work; Graded exercises and an annotated bibliography in each chapter
1.1 Combinatorial Optimization.
1.2 Optimization Methods.
1.3 States, Moves, and Optimality.
1.4 Local Search.
1.5 Optimal versus Final Solution.
1.6 Single versus Multicriteria Constrained Optimization.
1.7 Convergence Analysis of Iterative Algorithms.
1.8 Markov Chains.
1.9 Parallel Processing.
1.10 Summary and Organization of the Book.
2. Simulated Annealing (SA).
2.2 Simulated Annealing Algorithm.
2.3 SA Convergence Aspects.
2.4 Parameters of the SA Algorithm.
2.5 SA Requirements.
2.6 SA Applications.
2.7 Parallelization of SA.
2.8 Conclusions and Recent Work.
3. Genetic Algorithms (GAs).
3.2 Genetic Algorithm.
3.3 Schema Theorem and Implicit Parallelism.
3.4 GA Convergence Aspects.
3.5 GA in Practice.
3.6 Parameters of GAs.
3.7 Applications of GAs.
3.8 Parallelization of GA.
3.9 Other Issues and Recent Work.
4. Tabu Search (TS).
4.2 Tabu Search Algorithm.
4.3 Implementation–Related Issues.
4.4 Limitations of Short–Term Memory.
4.5 Examples of Diversifying Search.
4.6 TS Convergence Aspects.
4.7 TS Applications.
4.8 Parallelization of TS.
4.9 Other Issues and Related Work.
5. Simulated Evolution (SimE).
5.2 Historical Background.
5.3 Simulated Evolution Algorithm.
5.4 SimE Operators and Parameters.
5.5 Comparison of SimE, SA, and GA.
5.6 SimE Convergence Aspects.
5.7 SimE Applications.
5.8 Parallelization of SimE.
5.9 Conclusions and Recent Work.
6. Stochastic Evolution (StocE).
6.2 Historical Background.
6.3 Stochastic Evolution Algorithm.
6.4 Stochastic Evolution Convergence Aspects.
6.5 Stochastic Evolution Applications.
6.6 Parallelization of Stochastic Evolution.
6.7 Conclusions and Recent Work.
7. Hybrids and Other Issues.
7.2 Overview of Algorithms.
7.4 GA and Multiobjective Optimization.
7.5 Fuzzy Logic for Multiobjective Optimization.
7.6 Artificial Neural Networks.
7.7 Quality of the Solution.
About the Authors.
Habib Youssef received a Diplome d′Ingenieur en Informatique from the Faculté des Sciences de Tunis in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He is currently and Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Youssef has authored more than 45 journal and conference papers. He is the coauthor of the book VLSI Physical Design Automation: Theory and Practice, January 1995. His main research interests are CAD of VLSI, computer networks, and performance evaluation of computer systems, and general stochastic and evolutionary algorithms.