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Meaning of HEURISTIC

Pronunciation:  hyû'ristik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem
  2. [adj]  ofo or relating to a general formulation that serves to guide investigation
  3. [adj]  (computer science) relating to or using a heuristic rule

HEURISTIC is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: heuristic program, heuristic rule, trial-and-error
 Antonyms: algorithmic
 See Also: formula, lateral thinking, rule



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Heu*ris"tic\, a. [Gr. ? to discover.]
Serving to discover or find out.

Computing Dictionary

1. 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.

2. approximation algorithm.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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