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ad hockery

[ad hok-uh-ree] /æd ˈhɒk ə ri/
noun
1.
reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans.
Also, ad hocery
[ad hok-uh-ree] /æd ˈhɒk ə ri/ (Show IPA),
ad hocism
[ad hok-iz-uh m] /æd ˈhɒk ɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; ad hoc + -ery
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ad-hockery in Technology
jargon
/ad-hok'*r-ee/ (Purdue) 1. Gratuitous assumptions made inside certain programs, especially expert systems, which lead to the appearance of semi-intelligent behaviour but are in fact entirely arbitrary. For example, fuzzy-matching of input tokens that might be typing errors against a symbol table can make it look as though a program knows how to spell.
2. Special-case code to cope with some awkward input that would otherwise cause a program to fail, presuming normal inputs are dealt with in some cleaner and more regular way. Also called "ad-hackery", "ad-hocity" (/ad-hos'*-tee/), "ad-crockery".
See also ELIZA effect.
[Jargon File]
(1995-01-05)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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