Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 207318, 11 pages
Research Article

Adaptive Parameters for a Modified Comprehensive Learning Particle Swarm Optimizer

1College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310023, China
2Engineering Institute of Engineering Corps, PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210007, China

Received 5 October 2012; Accepted 25 November 2012

Academic Editor: Sheng-yong Chen

Copyright © 2012 Yu-Jun Zheng 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.


Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is a stochastic optimization method sensitive to parameter settings. The paper presents a modification on the comprehensive learning particle swarm optimizer (CLPSO), which is one of the best performing PSO algorithms. The proposed method introduces a self-adaptive mechanism that dynamically changes the values of key parameters including inertia weight and acceleration coefficient based on evolutionary information of individual particles and the swarm during the search. Numerical experiments demonstrate that our approach with adaptive parameters can provide comparable improvement in performance of solving global optimization problems.