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- Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
- (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:
- 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.
relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems
heuristic (plural heuristics)
- A heuristic method.
- The art of applying heuristic methods.
heuristic method, heuristics