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Python implementation of coupled simulated annealing (CSA)

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Coupled simulated annealing (CSA) is a generalization of simulated annealing (SA), which is an optimization algorithm that doesn’t use any information about the derivates of a function. The original paper describing CSA can be found here:

Essentially, CSA is like multiple simulated annealing (i.e. m independent SA processes run in parallel), except that the acceptance probability at each step is calculated as a function of the current state across all m processes. For a more complete description of the general CSA algorithm, see Description of CSA.


Using pip:

pip install pycsa

Directly from GitHub:

pip install git+


See examples/travelling_salesman.ipynb for an example of CSA applied to the travelling salesman problem (TSP).


Feel free to submit issues at and pull requests to the dev branch:


See LICENSE.txt.

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