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GECCO-2013 Workshop on Symbolic Regression in Amsterdam

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Save the dates: July 6-10, 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

We are glad to announce that the Fifth Symbolic Regression workshop will take place at the GECCO-2013 conference in Amsterdam! Because submissions for the conference tracks are now closed, submitting an article to Symbolic regression workshop is a great way to share your results at the coming GECCO conference and solicit immediate feedback from the experts and symbolic regression enthusiasts!

We solicit strong results on ensemble-based modeling in symbolic regression, constructive comparisons of symbolic and numeric methods, discussions on algorithm complexity, model representation, and model management.

Workshop paper submission deadline is March 28, 2013!

With questions please, contact Katya Vladislavleva or Steven Gustafson. If you have an important result, but you want to share it in a talk without a paper - please, contact us.

Symbolic Regression and Modeling is used to designate the search for symbolic descriptions, usually in the language of mathematics, to describe and predict numerical data in diverse fields such as industry, economics, finance and science.

Symbolic modeling captures the field of symbolic regression: a genetic programming based search technique for finding symbolic formulae on numerical data in order to obtain an accurate and concise description of that data in symbolic, mathematical form. In the evolutionary computation field it also captures learning classifier systems, if and when they are applied to obtain specific interpretable results in the field of interest.

Symbolic modeling can be defined as a set of techniques (including, but not limited to symbolic regression and learning classifier systems) and representations that try to find a mathematical description and prediction in some numeric space. This can be contrasted with numerical modeling such as (generalized) linear regression, neural networks, kernel regression and support vector machines.

The key discriminator of producing symbolic results over numerical results is the ability to interpret and analyze the results, leading either to acceptance by field experts, or to heightened understanding of the theory in the field of application. Interpretation is key, and the workshop will focus heavily on this. The workshop will focus on advances in using symbolic modeling for real world problems in industry, economics, finance and science. Papers are sought that contribute to the state of the art in symbolic modeling, either through innovative applications, theoretical work on issues of generalization, size and comprehensibility of the results produced, algorithmic improvements to make the techniques faster, more reliable and generally better controlled, and feature selection approaches enabled by symbolic modeling.

The program will be announced on April 15, when decisions on the accepted papers are taken.