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We would like to thank the University of Essex and the University of Minnesota, Morris, for their support.

Many thanks to Tyler Hutchison for the use of his cool drawing on the cover (and elsewhere!), and for finding those scary pinks and greens.

We had the invaluable assistance of many people, and we are very grateful for their individual and collective efforts, often on very short timelines. Rick Riolo, Matthew Walker, Christian Gagne, Bob McKay, Giovanni Pazienza, and Lee Spector all provided useful suggestions based on an early technical report version. Yossi Borenstein, Caterina Cinel, Ellery Crane, Cecilia Di Chio, Stephen Dignum, Edgar Galván-López, Keisha Harriott, David Hunter, Lonny Johnson, Ahmed Kattan, Robert Keller, Andy Korth, Yevgeniya Kovalchuk, Simon Lucas, Wayne Manselle, Alberto Moraglio, Oliver Oechsle, Francisco Sepulveda, Elias Tawil, Edward Tsang, William Tozier and Christian Wagner all contributed to the final proofreading festival. Their sharp eyes and hard work did much to make the book better; any remaining errors or omissions are obviously the sole responsibility of the authors.

We would also like to thank Prof. Xin Yao and the School of Computer Science of The University of Birmingham and Prof. Bernard Buxton of University College, London, for continuing support, particularly of the genetic programming bibliography. We also thank Schloss Dagstuhl, where some of the integration of this book took place.

Most of the tools used in the construction of this book are open source,1 and we are very grateful to all the developers whose efforts have gone into building those tools over the years.

As mentioned above, this book started life as a chapter. This was for a forthcoming handbook on computational intelligence2 edited by John Fulcher and Lakhmi C. Jain. We are grateful to John Fulcher for his useful comments and edits on that book chapter. We would also like to thank most warmly John Koza, who co-authored the aforementioned chapter with us, and for allowing us to reuse some of his original material in this book.

This book is a summary of nearly two decades of intensive research in the field of genetic programming, and we obviously owe a great debt to all the researchers whose hard work, ideas, and interactions ultimately made this book possible. Their work runs through every page, from an idea made somewhat clearer by a conversation at a conference, to a specific concept or diagram. It has been a pleasure to be part of the GP community over the years, and we greatly appreciate having so much interesting work to summarise!

March 2008

       Riccardo Poli

William B. Langdon

Nicholas Freitag McPhee

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