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.

Monday 10 March 2008

It's nearly ready

About time to wrap this up
We ordered our first test copy a week or two ago just so we could see what the printing would look like from Lulu, what the cover would look like, and how some of our graphs and diagrams would turn out. It was quite exciting to see an actual copy, even if the insides where incomplete and in serious need of the proofreading that was to follow. It somehow made it all seem more real.

Things are currently on track for a late March release. Stay tuned for more details!

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