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.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

We've created a mailing list/discussion group for the Field Guide

There have now been over 1,800 downloads of the Field Guide, and we're beginning to get some good questions, comments, and suggestions from readers. It seemed like we probably wanted to set up some sort of system to help manage and archive that data stream, so we've created a discussion group for the Field Guide: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/field-guide-to-genetic-programming.

Feel free to subscribe if you've got feedback on the book that you'd like to share, or you'd just like to see other people's feedback. I would assume that the traffic on the list will remain light, but that's really up to you folks.

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