A Hybrid Ant-Bee Colony Optimization for Solving Traveling Salesman Problem with Competitive Agents

  • Abba Suganda GirsangEmail author
  • Chun-Wei Tsai
  • Chu-Sing Yang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 274)


This paper presents a new method called hybrid ant bee colony optimization (HABCO) for solving traveling salesman problem which combines ant colony system (ACS), bee colony optimization (BCO) and ELU-Ants. The agents, called ant-bees, are grouped into three types, scout, follower, recruiter at each stages as BCO algorithm. However, constructing tours such as choosing nodes, and updating pheromone are built by ACS method. To evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm, HABCO is performed on several benchmark datasets and compared to ACS and BCO. The experimental results show that HABCO achieves the better solution, either with or without 2opt.


Hybrid Ant Colony System Bee Colony System Traveling Salesman Problem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abba Suganda Girsang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chun-Wei Tsai
    • 2
  • Chu-Sing Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. of Computer and Communication Engineering, Dept. of Electrical EngineeringNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan ROC
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologyChia Nan University of Pharmacy ScienceTainanTaiwan, ROC

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