|Short Book Reviews and Comments|
These are short comments and reviews on my book some of my readers were kind enough to send me. They are very important to me and I cherish every word. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! As usual, I removed any references that could identify the people involved.
I only came across GEP a couple of weeks ago. I
am fascinated by it – it makes sense and seems to be very powerful. I
also found out that some friends of mine have already implemented it and
are obtaining good results (rapid solutions, minimal "bloat").
One thing I really value about this
book is the biology in the beginning – substantial, but written from a
perspective which helps a computer scientist understand the essentials.
You are uniquely positioned in the field for this!
I think GEP is great, and I would
like to see the EC field get into it sooner than of course will
eventually occur anyway! The key innovation of GEP – the
genotype/phenotype pair and the fact that all genotypes decode to
syntactically legal phenotypes – is too good to be ignored.
I'm enjoying your book so much!
It's fun to read for me because the stuff is so inventive, and I love
all the clever things that seem to be implicit in the idea.
Your book is terrific – very well written
and organized. Everything just flows so smoothly, it reads like a novel.
The only algorithm I had a little trouble understanding was polynomial
induction, but I got there in the end and, wow, these structures can
grow! And the chapters on neural networks and decision trees, I just
love them – you explain them quite nicely. I’ve always had trouble
figuring out what exactly a neural network is and now I can finally say
I really understand them – I’m even thinking of implementing one myself!
Your writing is smooth and interesting,
and the ideas presented are like opening another secret box in each
I’ve been following with much interest
your GEP approach since you first announced it online in 2000 and I had
a feeling at the time that something major was about to happen in AI.
Your book didn’t disappoint in that regard – it’s really amazing the
stuff one can do with GEP and how simple you make everything look. I
just had to go and implement it myself – I think I’m hooked! Thanks!!
Last update: 23/July/2013
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