Improved Modified Symbiosis Organisms Search (IMSOS): A New and Adaptive Approach for Determining Model Parameters from Geoelectrical Data


  • Sungkono Sungkono Departement of Physics, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Jalan Arief Rachman Hakim, Surabaya 60111, Indonesia
  • Hendra Grandis Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia



free tuning parameter, geoelectrical data, model parameter, inverse problem, uncertainty analysis


Symbiotic Organisms Search (SOS) is a global optimization algorithm inspired by the natural synergy between the organisms in an ecosystem. The interactive behavior among organisms in nature simulated in SOS consists of mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism strategies to find the global optimum solution in the search space. The SOS algorithm does not require a tuning parameter, which is usually used to balance explorative and exploitative search by providing posterior sampling of the model parameters. This paper proposes an improvement of the Modified SOS (MSOS) algorithm, called IMSOS, to enhance exploitation along with exploration strategies via a modified parasitism vector. This improves the search efficiency in finding the global minimum of two multimodal testing functions. Furthermore, the algorithm is proposed for solving inversion problems in geophysics. The performance of IMSOS was tested on the inversion of synthetic and field data sets from self-potential (SP) and vertical electrical sounding (VES) measurements. The IMSOS results were comparable to those of other global optimization algorithms, including the Particle Swarm Optimization, the Differential Evolution and the Black Holes Algorithms. IMSOS accurately determined the model parameters and their uncertainties. It can be adapted and can potentially be used to solve the inversion of other geophysical data as well.


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