Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 860681, 15 pages
Research Article

An Elite Decision Making Harmony Search Algorithm for Optimization Problem

1Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang A&F University, Zhejiang 311300, China
2Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Zhejiang 310018, China
3State Key Laboratory of Software Engineering, Wuhan University, Hubei 430072, China

Received 5 April 2012; Revised 26 May 2012; Accepted 10 June 2012

Academic Editor: Ricardo Perera

Copyright © 2012 Lipu Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper describes a new variant of harmony search algorithm which is inspired by a well-known item “elite decision making.” In the new algorithm, the good information captured in the current global best and the second best solutions can be well utilized to generate new solutions, following some probability rule. The generated new solution vector replaces the worst solution in the solution set, only if its fitness is better than that of the worst solution. The generating and updating steps and repeated until the near-optimal solution vector is obtained. Extensive computational comparisons are carried out by employing various standard benchmark optimization problems, including continuous design variables and integer variables minimization problems from the literature. The computational results show that the proposed new algorithm is competitive in finding solutions with the state-of-the-art harmony search variants.