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.

Tuesday 1 April 2008

Field Guide sightings!

Several kind folks have put in a plug for the Field Guide on-line:
Many thanks to all these folks for helping spread the word. Given our non-standard publishing and distribution model, we're particularly dependent on this sort of word of mouth support. Feel free to let us know if you've posted a plug for the book (in the comments or authors AT gp-field-guide DOT org DOT uk).

We're also looking for photos (like the one above from JJ Merelo) from the grand unveiling at EvoStar/EuroGP Wednesday in Naples, so please pass along those as well.


Dave O said...

I also could not resist plugging your wonderful field guide!


The book is very good. I am enjoying it immensely!

Nic McPhee said...

Thanks for the plug, and thanks for letting us know.