Cuckoo Search

Algorithms in Real Life

I had earlier written on the Ant Colony Optimization and the Genetic Algorithm.

Another interesting bio inspired heuristic is the Cuckoo Search that has been developed by Xin-She Yang and Suash Deb in 2009. This technique adapts from the parasitic brood behaviour exhibited by the cuckoo bird. The cuckoo bird cannot complete its life cycle properly as it is not capable of raising its young. So the solution adopted by the cuckoo bird was to lay eggs in the nest of other birds. This can be accompanied by removing the eggs of the unwitting host. While certain host birds do detect the intrusion and abandon the nest or remove the alien eggs. This however interestingly is countered by certain cuckoos by employing mimicry and its eggs actually look like the eggs of the chosen hosts! This is very well explained in this blog post by Jerry A Coyne, author…

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