A novel meta-heuristic algorithm: Dynamic Virtual Bats Algorithm

Topal A. O. , Altun O.

INFORMATION SCIENCES, vol.354, pp.222-235, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 354
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ins.2016.03.025
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.222-235


Nature-inspired algorithms are a very important part of meta-heuristics. A novel nature inspired algorithm called the Dynamic Virtual Bats Algorithm (DVBA) is presented in this paper. DVBA is inspired by a bat's ability to manipulate frequency and wavelength of the emitted sound waves when hunting. A role based search has been developed to improve the diversification and intensification capability of Bat Algorithm. In the DVBA, there are only two bats: explorer and exploiter bat. While the explorer bat explores the search space, the exploiter bat makes an intensive search of the local with the highest probability of locating the desired target. Depending on their location, bats exchange the roles dynamically.