- Series: Helix Books
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (September 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201442302
- ISBN-13: 978-0201442304
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John H. Holland is Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, if you are new to the phenomena of complex adaptive systems (CAS) or agent-based models (ABM), this might not be the best intro book for you. This is particularly true if you are wondering what a genetic algorithm is right now. I think you will get the most out of the book if you are already somewhat familiar with CAS and ABM as Holland does not dwell on illustrative examples. (Yes there are examples, but they are very short compared to other authors on this topic.) Because of this, I think this book will be rather dry and technical and non-intuitive for a real newbie. If you have no idea where to begin, try _Growing Artificial Societies_ by Joshua Epstein and Robert Axtell.
One final comment: for excellent in-depth look at the reiterated Prisoner's Dilemna model with genetic algorithms that Holland briefly discusses, read _The Complexity of Cooperation_ by Robert Axelrod. (Axelrod and Holland mention each other in their books.)