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.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Odyssy 20001

The book is sky rocketing. Amazingly, 8 months (to the day!) since its launch, today we passed the 20,000 copies limit (hitting 20001 to the last check, hence the title of this post). Of these approx 98.7% are (genuine) downloads and 1.3% paper copies.

Many thanks!

1 comment:

paul said...

Congratulations with the succes,
I still have to read it, although i mentioned in my blog post (you mention earlier on this blog) that its on my "must-read" list
Anyway, I was reminded by it through this comic about genetic programming by xkcd