Tatjana Jaksic Krüger and Tatjana Davidovic (Mathematical Institute of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia) present a “Sensitivity Analysis of the Bee Colony Optimization Algorithm”.
They refer to the sequential parameter optimization and related methods as follows:
“During the last decade, different tools for experimental analysis were proposed and/or inspected, most of them based on modeling response values with linear or nonlinear models and/or implementing three basic steps: screening, experimentation and exploitation [1, 9, 19].”
The paper can be downloaded here.
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