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.

Saturday 12 April 2008

Over 5,000 downloads!

Man, I go away for a few days of vacation, and the downloads more than double! We're now at just over 5,000 downloads of the book, and 12 more printed copies were ordered in the last five days as well.

Just as I was leaving, Jennifer Willies also posted a ton of good photos from the EvoStar event, including a nice shot of the three Field Guide authors and our cover artist.

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