How to know whether or not to produce an oil field, and how to know how? The oil industry is used to make a lot of simulations to satisfy the SEC rules, and to know how much oil they can drill today and in the future. This book goes further than just the usual how much from a field under specific condition, by adding the development plan as well as the oil price in the equation.

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When I developed my first tool based on genetic algorithms, it was to replace local optimization algorithm (“Simulated Annealing”, as advertised by Numerical Recipes) as a global optimization algorithm. Now a couple of years later, I found a small book on GE that seemed on topic with what I had to implement (I relied at the time on another book that I never reviewed ; perhaps another time). Is it a good brief introduction as the book says?

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When I worked on the common reflection surface stack, one of our biggest issues was selecting the proper optimization algorithms. There are so many for global problems! The book tries to browse through several classical algorithms.

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