Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

An approach based on the use of the ant system to design combinatorial logic circuits

Benito Mendoza García, Carlos Coello Coello


In this paper we report the first attempt to design
combinational logic circuits using the ant system. In
order to design circuits, a measure of quality improvement
in partially built circuits is introduced and a cost
metric (based on the number of gates) is adopted in order to optimize
the feasible circuits generated. The approach is compared
to a genetic algorithm and to a human designer using
several examples and the sensitivity of the algorithm
to its parameters is studied using analysis of variance.
The results indicate that the ant system is a viable
alternative to design combinational logic circuits.

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