Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is a stochastic optimization method, based on the social behavior of bird flocks. The method, known for its high performance in optimization, has been mainly developed for problems involving just quantitative variables. In this paper we propose a new approach called Qualitative Particle Swarm Optimization (Q-PSO) where the variables in the optimization can be both qualitative and quantitative and the updating rule is derived adopting probabilistic measures. We apply this procedure to a complex engineering optimization problem concerning building fa¸cade design. More specifically, we address the problem of deriving an energy-efficient building design, i.e. a design that minimizes the energy consumption (and the emission of carbon dioxide) for heating, cooling and lighting. We develop a simulation study to evaluate Q-PSO procedure and we derive comparisons with most conventional approaches. The study shows a very good performance of our approach in achieving the assigned target.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Titolo:||Qualitative Particle Swarm Optimization (Q-PSO) for Enery-Efficient Building Designs|
|Titolo del libro:||Advances in Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12745-3_2|
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