The Design of Innovation: Lessons from and for Competent Genetic Algorithms

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The Design of Innovation illustrates how to design and implement competent genetic algorithms-genetic algorithms that solve hard problems quickly, reliably, and accurately-and how the invention of competent genetic algorithms amounts to the creation of an effective computational theory of human innovation. For the specialist in genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation, this book combines over two decades of hard-won research results in a single volume to provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to ...
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Overview

The Design of Innovation illustrates how to design and implement competent genetic algorithms-genetic algorithms that solve hard problems quickly, reliably, and accurately-and how the invention of competent genetic algorithms amounts to the creation of an effective computational theory of human innovation. For the specialist in genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation, this book combines over two decades of hard-won research results in a single volume to provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to designing genetic algorithms that scale well with problem size and difficulty. For the innovation researcher - whether from the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, or the arts - this unique book gives a consistent and valuable mathematical and computational viewpoint for understanding certain aspects of human innovation. For all readers, The Design of Innovation provides an entrée into the world of competent genetic algorithms and innovation through a methodology of invention borrowed from the Wright brothers. Combining careful decomposition, cost-effective, little analytical models, and careful design, the road to competence is paved with easily understood examples, simulations, and results from the literature.
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"It is well known that "building blocks", whether they be the atoms of chemistry, the words of a language, or the modules of a computer, play a key role in our understanding of the world. However, it is hard to find an in-depth discussion of why this is so. It is even more difficult to find a guidebook for using building blocks to make the discoveries that extend science and engineering into new realms. David Goldberg uses his extensive experience with Genetic Algorithms to provide a superb guidebook for exploiting building blocks, combining relevant theory with carefully chosen examples. If you are a scientist or an engineer concerned with innovation, you should give this unique book a close reading."
(John H. Holland, University of Michigan)
"Dave Goldberg's first book, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning, gave the field of genetic and evolutionary computation widespread attention among practicing engineers and researchers of machine learning and artificial intelligence. His latest effort, The Design of Innovation, is likely to transform the practice of all forms of genetic and evolutionary computation. For much of the last decade, theoreticians and practitioners have worked independently of one another. In this masterstroke of a book, Goldberg de-Balkanizes the field and bridges the chasm between theory and practice with his "little models," dimensional analysis, and "patchquilt integration." Not only does he show a clear path toward the principled design of scalable genetic and evolutionary computation, he suggests how these computations lead to a computational theory of the innovative. Much of what is presented is likely to be controversial, but whether you agree with him or not, Goldberg's arguments are first rate, and this book is a terrific read. I urge those interested in innovation in general or genetic and evolutionary computation in particular to buy this book and study it closely."
(John R. Koza, Stanford University)
"David Goldberg's treatise, The Design of Innovation, is unlike any other book in the vast literature on genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation. Its ambitious aim is to develop a coherent theory of design and innovation in the context of what the author calls competent GAs, that is, GAs that work well. But an even more ambitious aim is to use competent GAs as a platform for construction of computational models of innovation and creativity-concepts which are notoriously hard to formalize. One cannot but be greatly impressed by the many novel ideas which are presented in The Design of Innovation in a lively, insightful and reader-friendly style. The Design of Innovation is an original work which is a must reading for anyone who is interested in genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation and, more generally, in design and innovation. David Goldberg deserves our thanks and congratulations."
(Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgments.
1. Genetic Algorithms and Innovation.
2. Making Genetic Algorithms Fly.
3. Three Tools of Conceptual Engineering.
4. Goals and Elements of GA Design.
5. Building Blocks.
6. A Design Approach to Problem Difficulty.
7. Ensuring Building Block Supply.
8. Ensuring Building Block Growth.
9. Making Time for Building Blocks.
10. Deciding Well.
11. Mixing, Control Maps, and GA Success.
12. Design of Competent Genetic Algorithms.
Epilogue: from Competence to Efficiency and Beyond.
References. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

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    David Goldberg's previous book 'Genetic Algorithms for Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning' is very well known and popular introduction to the field of genetic algorithms (GAs). Now in this book, Dr. Goldberg shows how to take GAs to the next level of competence and engineered quality and confidence. He collects results that help estimate the correct sizing of populations for problems of a different sizes. He shows how to break down the problem of acheiving results with GAs into sub-problems that have been addressed by research or are active research topics. I find this book inspiring and have returned to it several times for help in thinking about engineering problems.

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