Physical algorithms



Physical algorithms are those algorithms inspired by a physical process. The described physical algorithm generally belong to the fields of Metaheustics and Computational Intelligence, although do not fit neatly into the existing categories of the biological inspired techniques (such as Swarm, Immune, Neural, and Evolution). In this vein, they could just as easily be referred to as nature inspired algorithms.

The inspiring physical systems range from metallurgy, music, the interplay between culture and evolution, and complex dynamic systems such as avalanches. They are generally stochastic optimization algorithms with a mixtures of local (neighborhood-based) and global search techniques.