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heuristic definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of or relating to or using a general formulation that serves to guide investigation [ant: algorithmic] n
1: a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem [syn: heuristic, heuristic rule, heuristic program]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: German heuristisch, from New Latin heuristicus, from Greek heuriskein to discover; akin to Old Irish fo-fúair he found Date: 1821 involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods <heuristic techniques> <a heuristic assumption>; also of or relating to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques (as the evaluation of feedback) to improve performance <a heuristic computer program> • heuristically adverb II. noun Date: 1860 1. the study or practice of heuristic procedure 2. heuristic argument 3. a heuristic method or procedure

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 allowing or assisting to discover. 2 Computing proceeding to a solution by trial and error. --n. 1 the science of heuristic procedure. 2 a heuristic process or method. 3 (in pl., usu. treated as sing.) Computing the study and use of heuristic techniques in data processing. Phrases and idioms: heuristic method a system of education under which pupils are trained to find out things for themselves. Derivatives: heuristically adv. Etymology: irreg. f. Gk heurisko find

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Heuristic Heu*ris"tic, a. [Gr. ? to discover.] Serving to discover or find out.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. A heuristic method of learning involves discovery and problem-solving, using reasoning and past experience. (TECHNICAL) ADJ 2. A heuristic computer program uses rules based on previous experience in order to solve a problem, rather than using a mathematical procedure. (COMPUTING) ADJ see also algorithm

Moby Thesaurus

analytic, cut-and-try, empirical, examinational, examinatorial, examining, experimental, explorational, explorative, exploratory, fact-finding, feeling, groping, hit-or-miss, indagative, inspectional, inspectorial, investigational, investigative, investigatory, pilot, probationary, probative, probatory, proving, provisional, tentative, test, testing, trial, trial-and-error, trying, verificatory, zetetic




 


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