Essentials of Metaheuristics
Second Print Edition (Online Version 2.1)Now out in paperback!
Department of Computer Science
George Mason University
About the Book
This is an open set of lecture notes on metaheuristics algorithms, intended for undergraduate students, practitioners, programmers, and other non-experts. It was developed as a series of lecture notes for an undergraduate course I taught at GMU. The chapters are designed to be printable separately if necessary. As it's lecture notes, the topics are short and light on examples and theory. It's best when complementing other texts. With time, I might remedy this.
What is a Metaheuristic?
A common but unfortunate name for any stochastic optimization algorithm intended to be the last resort before giving up and using random or brute-force search.
Such algorithms are used for problems where you don't know how to find a good solution, but if shown a candidate solution, you can give it a grade.
The algorithmic family includes genetic algorithms, hill-climbing, simulated annealing, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, and so on.
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