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, 8 May 2008

The Field Guide goes HTML

We have produced an HTML version of the book. This is available here. We used htlatex to do the main conversion from Latex to HTML and then htmldoc to split the resulting huge file into chuncks of more reasonable size. Many manual changes have then been necessary. The result is not perfect, but we think it may be good enough to be useful.

Happy browsing!


Nathan said...

Hah. I bought your book on Amazon a couple of days ago. Although I'm happy to have it (soon - it hasn't arrived), I'm kicking myself that I didn't google the title, and perhaps save myself some money. It's quite dear getting it shipped to New Zealand!

Oh well, it'll probably induce me pore over it all the more closely...

Nic McPhee said...

Hopefully it will still be worth it. I know that I'm glad I have both versions, actually, and find myself using both my paper and electronic copies at different times for different things.

Thanks for the interest and best wishes!