Individual and Social Behaviour in Particle Swarm Optimizers

01/25/2021 ∙ by Johann Sienz, et al. ∙ 0

Three basic factors govern the individual behaviour of a particle: the inertia from its previous displacement; the attraction to its own best experience; and the attraction to a given neighbour's best experience. The importance awarded to each factor is controlled by three coefficients: the inertia; the individuality; and the sociality weights. The social behaviour is ruled by the structure of the social network, which defines the neighbours that are to inform of their experiences to a given particle. This paper presents a study of the influence of different settings of the coefficients as well as of the combined effect of different settings and different neighbourhood topologies on the speed and form of convergence.

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