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

Over 1,500 downloads!

As of mid-day on Tuesday (so just under a week after the official release), we've just topped 1,500 downloads of the Field Guide! We've also sold 20 printed copies, plus the 50 we sold at the EvoStar unveiling.

J.K. Rowling doesn't have much to worry about yet on the best seller lists, but we're still quite excited by the number of people that have chosen to download the book - thanks!

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