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Volume 10, Issue 5
Sept/Oct 1996
Theme: Genetic Algorithms and Modeling

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Genetic Algorithms at Work: Two Case Studies -- Michael J. Lipon, Howard P. Rosenof and Gerald Liston - Genetic Algorithms can combine with knowledge-based technologies to produce powerful applications. these applications are extremely useful in industries which must schedule batch process operations.
Concepts of Modeling and Simulation -- Bob Diamond - Models and simulations play important roles in numerous areas. Although they can become complex, their foundational principlesare surprisingly comprehensible.
Mind Tools: Connecting to Groupware -- Daniel W. Rasmus - Groupware holds the potential of new ways to manage conversations in a digital world. The potential is being fulfilled, as innovative groupware applications are redefining computer-based collaboration.
Cybernautica -- Hal Berghel - CGI in a Nutshell: Web-Based Intelligent Tech Support.

Review - SPSS Advanced Statistics 6.1 by Joe Schmuller
Product Updates ----------------------------> 23 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  Decision Support Expert Systems
  Fuzzy Logic Genetic Algorithms
  Languages Modeling
  Neural Networks Object Oriented Development
  Publications Training
PC AI Buyer's Guide ---------------------> Consulting Genetic Algorithms
  Modeling Training
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 10.5
AAAI Hess Consulting Original Systems
AbTech Corporation High Performance Systems PC AI
American Heuristics Corp HyperLogic Corporation Pinnacle Data
Amzi! Inc Information Builders Primenet Inc
Applied Logic Systems Inc Intelligent Machines Production Systems Tech
ATTAR Software USA IntelliNet Prolog Development Center
Axcelis Inc ISoft Soft Warehouse Inc
BioComp Systems KnowledgeBroker Inc SPSS Inc
Blackboard Technology Group Logic Programming Assoc Teknowledge Corporation
Brightware Inc Mikuni Berkeley The Haley Enterprise Inc
California Scientific Software Network Cybernetics The Schwartz Associates
EXSYS Inc NeuralWare Inc Titan Group International
Finance and Technology NeuroDimension Inc Virtual Genetic Systems Inc
Flexible Intelligence New Light Industries Ward Systems Group Inc
FuziWare Inc NIBS Inc  


New Focus, New Dimensions

This issue brings a new dual focus to PC AI, and with it a new dimension. As we present for the first time, "Genetic Algorithms/Modeling," we expand the set and style of the technologies we cover.
  Genetic Algorithms (GAs) simulate Darwinian evolutionary processes. A GA generates a population of entities which correspond to possible solutions to a specific problem. The GA evaluates the "fitness" of each one. The fittest "survive" as the GA produces another "generation" of solutions. The objective is to evolve the best solution after numerous iterations of generation production and fitness evaluation.
  "Modeling" is the use of a well-understood phenomenon to shed light on a phenomenon which is not understood. The first (the "model") mimics the second. Scientists often use equations as models of natural processes. Analyzing the equations leads to understanding the processes.
  The new dimension in our future is the coverage of many varieties of modeling tools. In the issues to come, we'll describe industrial-strength tools which can help o physical scientists examine the interacting forces in the world around us o social scientists understand the nature and ramifications of human behavior o large and small businesses comprehend the events which drive the bottom line.
  Two articles and a review fall within the new focus. In "Genetic Algorithms at Work" Michael Lipton, Howard Rosenof, and Gerard Liston present two case studies. The (coincidentally) related industries they examine show how GAs combine with knowledge-based technologies to solve important business problems. In "Concepts of Modeling and Simulation" Bob Diamond brings you the basics and distinguishes among the major categories of model-building. "Statistical Modeling Takes Off" reviews SPSS 6.1 for Windows, a package that facilitates potentially complex modeling and analysis.
  Our other offerings are timely. Mary Kroening's "Web-Based Intelligent Tech Support" shows how Artificial Intelligence technology can reside on the World-Wide Web and perform crucial tasks related to customer service. Dan Rasmus' "Mind Tools: Connecting to Groupware" gives us a valuable view of the groupware landscape. He reports on new products that help us communicate and collaborate in today's digital world. Hal Berghel's "Cybernautica" clarifies the vagaries of the Common Gateway Interface (CGI). Our extensive Product Updates and Buyer's Guide round out the picture.
  As is appropriate in an issue on Genetic Algorithms, our magazine's evolution continues unabated. Two new staff members have already made major impacts. Editorial Assistant Linda Finecey has streamlined the editing process and catalyzed welcome changes which are visible throughout the issue. Web Editor Liz Olsen has started upgrading our Web site and will maintain its currency. We look forward to working with Linda and Liz as they help us add new dimensions in the years to come.
  Joseph Schmuller

Volume 10--------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1996)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 1996)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 1996)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 1996)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 1996)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 1996)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
      Volume 8 Index (1994)

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