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Journal of Optimization
Volume 2013, Article ID 438152, 16 pages
Research Article

Physics-Inspired Optimization Algorithms: A Survey

Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Allahabad 211004, India

Received 7 February 2013; Revised 22 May 2013; Accepted 24 May 2013

Academic Editor: Qingsong Xu

Copyright © 2013 Anupam Biswas 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.


Natural phenomenon can be used to solve complex optimization problems with its excellent facts, functions, and phenomenon. In this paper, a survey on physics-based algorithm is done to show how these inspirations led to the solution of well-known optimization problem. The survey is focused on inspirations that are originated from physics, their formulation into solutions, and their evolution with time. Comparative studies of these noble algorithms along with their variety of applications have been done throughout this paper.