Suggested Reading: A Field Guide To Genetic Programming

Riccardo Poli, William B. Langdon, Nicholas F. McPhee — A Field Guide to Genetic Programming — Lulu, 2008, 240 pp. ISBN 978-1-4092-0073-4

(Buy at Amazon.com)

(Buy at Amazon.com)

This is not an ordinary textbook as it does not follow the expected pattern but is rather an extensive survey of the field of genetic programming. Each chapter introduces a major concept or issue in genetic programming and covers the subject in a rather authoritative way, supported by copious documentation—the last 57 pages of the books are occupied by the bibliography.

The survey format of the text allows the reader to understand all major branches of genetic programming, but it does not allow him to understand all possible algorithms in detail; of the book’s 240 pages, almost 60 are reserved for the bibliography, and that doesn’t leave a lot of space to explain everything. Maybe a later edition would benefit from being expanded somewhat. However, this book is a very good starting point for someone interested in the subject.

The book can be bought in printed format (which I like) but it can also be downloaded in pdf form from the book’s web page.

One Response to Suggested Reading: A Field Guide To Genetic Programming

  1. […] more on genetic programming, have a look at A Field Guide to Genetic Programming (which also comes with a free/open PDF) and An Introduction to Genetic Programming for Scientists […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: