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.

Sunday 6 April 2008

More photos from the Field Guide unveiling

Antje Schwefel shared some of her photos from EuroGP, including the shot above of us (Bill, Tyler, Nic, and Riccardo, left to right) posing in our Field Guide shirts with Evelyne Lutton. Thanks to Antje for the photo!

The EvoStar 2008 site also has a link now for EvoStar photos that is in fact a pointer to the "evostar" tag on Flickr. These are currently dominated by the previously mentioned photos from JJ Merelo, and Tyler and myself, but there are also some nice photos from La Singularidad Desnuda, including the nice example of Riccardo's autographing handiwork below.

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