HEURISTIC SOLUTIONS - A SIXTH OPTION?

A rule of thumb, simplification or educated guess that reduces or limits the search for solutions in domains that are difficult and poorly understood. Unlike algorithms, heuristics do not guarantee optimal, or even feasible, solutions and are often used with no theoretical guarantee.

Often called "ad hoc" techniques.

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Last updated 2000/05/05
© J.A.N. Lee, 2000.