About the book

Robot with transparent background A Field Guide to Genetic Programming (ISBN 978-1-4092-0073-4) is an introduction to genetic programming (GP). GP is a systematic, domain-independent method for getting computers to solve problems automatically starting from a high-level statement of what needs to be done. Using ideas from natural evolution, GP starts from an ooze of random computer programs, and progressively refines them through processes of mutation and sexual recombination, until solutions emerge. All this without the user having to know or specify the form or structure of solutions in advance. GP has generated a plethora of human-competitive results and applications, including novel scientific discoveries and patentable inventions.

The book is freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license as a PDF and low cost printed copies can be purchased from lulu.com. This web site will be used for information relating to the book, and other pertinent announcements. We also have a discussion group for questions and conversation related to the book.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Almost ready for EuroGP!


We've ordered box or two of advance copies (a privilege of being the authors). They look really nice, and we're quite excited about the grand unveiling on Wednesday at EuroGP! For those of you coming to Naples, definitely stop by our table at the poster session that night -- you'll be able to check out printed copies and maybe even score a postcard featuring that wonderful cover :-).

Whether you're coming to EuroGP or not, we'll be "turning on" the Lulu site Wednesday, so people can buy printed copies and download the PDF for free. And as a teaser, the image above is the entire book, just really, really small! If you click on it you can see it a little bigger, but I still recommend waiting a few days for the Real Deal.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The pdf download link isn't working for me. It's doing something but I'm too lazy to figure out what.

Nic McPhee said...

The book won't be available for download or purchase until the official unveiling, Wednesday, 26 March 2008. That's just a few days from now, so hang in there!

JJ said...

I'll take my PDF tomorrow so that you can sign it :-)