heuristic

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Etymology[edit]

Irregular formation from Ancient Greek εὑρίσκω (heurískō, I find, discover).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /hjuˈɹɪstɪk/, /hjʊˈɹɪstɪk/
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  • Hyphenation: heu‧ris‧tic

Adjective[edit]

heuristic (comparative more heuristic, superlative most heuristic)

  1. Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
  2. (computing, of a method or algorithm) that solves a problem more quickly but is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution.
    • 2002, Te Chiang Hu, Man-tak Shing, Combinatorial Algorithms[1]:
      If a heuristic algorithm works for most of the input data or its maximum percentage error is tolerable, we may prefer the heuristic algorithm to an optimum algorithm that requires a long time.

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Noun[edit]

heuristic (plural heuristics)

  1. A heuristic method.
  2. The art of applying heuristic methods.

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