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Harmony Search Algorithm

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Harmony Search Algorithm is a heuristic method for global optimization.



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Harmony search tries to find a vector which optimizes (minimizes or maximizes) a certain objective function.
The algorithm has the following steps:
Step 1: Generate random vectors () as many as (harmony memory size), then store them in harmony memory (HM).

Step 2: Generate a new vector . For each component ,
with probability (harmony memory considering rate; 0 ≤ ≤ 1), pick the stored value from HM:
with probability , pick a random value within the allowed range.
Step 3: Perform additional work if the value in Step 2 came from HM.
with probability (pitch adjusting rate; 0 ≤ ≤ 1), change by a small amount: or for discrete variable; or for continuous variable.
with probability , do nothing.
Step 4: If is better than the worst vector in HM, replace with .
Step 5: Repeat from Step 2 to Step 4 until termination criterion (e.g. maximum iterations) is satisfied.
The parameters of the algorithm are
= the size of the harmony memory. It generally varies from 1 to 100. (typical value = 30)
= the rate of choosing a value from the harmony memory. It generally varies from 0.7 to 0.99. (typical value = 0.9)
= the rate of choosing a neighboring value. It generally varies from 0.1 to 0.5. (typical value = 0.3)
= the amount between two neighboring values in discrete candidate set.
(fret width, formerly bandwidth) = the amount of maximum change in pitch adjustment. This can be (0.01 × allowed range) to (0.001 × allowed range).
It is possible to vary the parameter values as the search progresses, which gives an effect similar to simulated annealing.
Parameter-setting-free researches have been also performed. In the researches, algorithm users do not need tedious parameter setting process.

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Comments and Ratings (12)

tuan watie

Thank you for the code its was so great. But i couldnt find how to fix MyFun as you said it was Obj Function. Please help me, Thank you.

Note that MyFun is the Objective Function that you want to Optimize.

what is MyFun?

Do Somebody solve the error in line 28??

Fan Zhang

so great!

Xuan Wang

There is an error in line 28:
Undefined function or variable 'MyFun'.

shardul g

getting error for myfun function . how to resolve it ?


Suresh (view profile)

While running an error is showing in line 28.Please help to rectify it


line 28 is showing an error.
MyFun() is not defined.
can you please help

Hock Hung

There is an error in line 28: HF(i,1)=MyFun(HM(i,:))
But i cant find any problem with that.
Can explain that.


Thanks, the code has been very useful for my research on the implementation of a multi objective HS technique

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