The aim of Metaheuristics: Progress in Complex Systems Optimization is to provide several different kinds of information: a delineation of general metaheuristics methods, a number of state-of-the-art articles from a variety of well-known classical application areas as well as an outlook to modern computational methods in promising new areas. Therefore, this book may equally serve as a textbook in graduate courses for students, as a reference book for people interested in engineering or social sciences, and as a collection of new and promising avenues for researchers working in this field. Highlighted are recent developments in the areas of Simulated Annealing, Path Relinking, Scatter Search, Tabu Search, Variable Neighborhood Search, Hyper-heuristics, Constraint Programming, Iterated Local Search, GRASP, bio-inspired algorithms like Genetic Algorithms, Memetic Algorithms, Ant Colony Optimization or Swarm Intelligence, and several other paradigms. TOC:General concepts, case studies and software tools.- Path relinking, scatter search, and tabu search.- Bio-inspired methods.- Special neighbourhood paradigms.- Linear and non-linear models including relaxation methods.- Hybridization.- Multiobjective, dynamic and stochastic problems and parallel computation.- New research avenus and application areas.
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