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How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics [Hardcover]

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Item description for How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics by Zbigniew Michalewicz & David B. Fogel...

This book is the only source that provides comprehensive, current, and correct information on problem solving using modern heuristics. It covers classic methods of optimization, including dynamic programming, the simplex method, and gradient techniques, as well as recent innovations such as simulated annealing, tabu search, and evolutionary computation. Integrated into the discourse is a series of problems and puzzles to challenge the reader. The book is written in a lively, engaging style and is intended for students and practitioners alike. Anyone who reads and understands the material in the book will be armed with the most powerful problem solving tools currently known.This second edition contains two new chapters, one on coevolutionary systems and one on multicriterial decision-making. Also some new puzzles are added and various subchapters are revised.

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Pages   554
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 8, 2004
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540224947  
ISBN13  9783540224945  

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Excellent book pity about the delivery  Jun 3, 2008
Just received the book , excellent book, font a bit small.
But why should I buy a brand new book to get it packaged in too small cardboard panels ?
It is all damaged, I wanted the brand new hard cover book.
I buy a lot of books from this site this is the first time it happens but where
should I complain ????

An excellent book , damaged. I wanted a perfect book undamaged.

In all those years of perfect service from this site all I wanted is get it fixed or at least tell them something is wrong in packaging. But where do you put such a complaint ?

My complaint is simple : if you send a hard cover book with cardboard panels that are for a smaller size book then this book ( mine ) will get
all corners damaged just like an old second hand book.

I must say in over 15 years or more buying books from this site this is my very first problem.

Not formal and that's a good thing  Jan 6, 2008
Yes, the book lacks formality. Instead it tackles problems the way smart people really tackle them, and not as some after-the-fact rationalization of the process. It is easy, even fun, to read.

The main purpose of the book is not to show the recipes, although to a degree it does, but it is instead it shows how to pick which recipe to use. For some readers it will document and explain processes they may have already been using unconsciously. For others, there may be some "aha" moments.
Kind of old stuffs  Sep 22, 2007
The material is alright but it is just kind of old. I can not tell from the original description otherwise, I will
not have bought it.
Optimization Mini-Library  Feb 19, 2007
This is the best book I have in my optimization library. It is excellent for students and teachers as well. It introduces you to optimization using a simple language, practical examples explained in a very didactical manner. It surveys optimization techniques and categorizes it in a very well-arranged and simplified format. You wouldn't have to read tens of pages with unsightly symbols, messed with subscripts and superscripts to understand a single optimization technique.
It also brings an uplifting introduction to the concept of problem solving. I highly recommend this book to Optimization and Mathematics students and teachers.
Read the book, once you are done, look at the table of contents and give a five minutes lecture on each single title and subtitle, which is what you will be capable of doing at the end.
It's not the technique, it's the logic behind it  Jul 23, 2006
Most evolutionary computation or math books deal with the techniques of solving problems. This book teachs you how to think of a solution for the problem you face, and not what problems are appropriate for the technique in hand.

The logic is that when you do a craft work, you do pick the appropriate tool from your tools box, but you don't grasp a tool and then find a job to go with it, which is the case when you can only handle this tool.

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