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— Social insect societies and more specifically ant colonies, are distributed systems that, in spite of the simplicity of their individuals, present a highly structured social organization. As a result of this organization, ant colonies can accomplish complex tasks that in some cases exceed the individual capabilities of a single ant. The study of ant(More)
A general problem in model selection is to obtain the right parameters that make a model "t observed data. For a multilayer perceptron (MLP) trained with back-propagation (BP), this means "nding appropiate layer size and initial weights. This paper proposes a method (G-Prop, genetic backpropagation) that attempts to solve that problem by combining a genetic(More)
Current software systems contain increasingly more elements that have not usually been considered in software engineering research and studies. Source artifacts, understood as the source components needed to obtain a binary, ready to use version of a program, comprise in many systems more than just the elements written in a programming language (source(More)
In this paper we present a new version of an evolutionary algorithm that finds the hidden combination in the game of MasterMind by using hints on how close is a combination played to it. The evolutionary algorithm finds the hidden combination in an optimal number of guesses, is efficient in terms of memory and CPU, and examines only a minimal part of the(More)
In this paper we propose a Multi-Objective Ant Colony Optimization (MOACO) algorithm called CHAC, which has been designed to solve the problem of finding the path on a map (corresponding to a simulated battlefield) that minimizes resources while maximizing safety. CHAC has been tested with two different state transition rules: an aggregative function that(More)
Despite the intuition that the same population size is not needed throughout the run of an Evolutionary Algorithm (EA), most EAs use a fixed population size. This paper presents an empirical study on the possible benefits of a Simple Variable Population Sizing (SVPS) scheme on the performance of Genetic Algorithms (GAs). It consists in decreasing the(More)
A general problem in model selection is to obtain the right parameters that make a model t observed data. If the model selected is a Multilayer Perceptron (MLP) trained with Backpropagation (BP), it is necessary to nd appropriate initial weights and learning parameters. This paper proposes a method that combines Simulated Annealing (SimAnn) and BP to train(More)
In this paper a novel article ranking method called NectaRSS is introduced. The system recommends incoming articles, which we will designate as newsitems, to users based on their past choices. User preferences are automatically acquired, avoiding explicit feedback, and ranking is based on those preferences distilled to a user profile. NectaRSS uses the(More)
Automatic classification of transmission electron-microscopy images is an important step in the complex task of determining the structure of biologial macromolecules. The process of 3D reconstruction from a set of such images implies their previous classification into homogeneous image classes. In general, different classes may represent either distinct(More)