# heuristics

## heuristic

[hyoo-ris-tik or, often, yoo-]
1.
serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
2.
encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method.
3.
of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
4.
Computers, Mathematics. pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical.
noun
5.
a heuristic method of argument.
6.
the study of heuristic procedure.

Origin:
1815–25; < Neo-Latin heuristicus, equivalent to Greek heur(ískein) to find out, discover + Latin -isticus -istic

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 heuristic (hjʊəˈrɪstɪk) —adj 1. helping to learn; guiding in discovery or investigation 2. (of a method of teaching) allowing pupils to learn things for themselves 3. a.  maths, science, philosophy using or obtained by exploration of possibilities rather than by following set rules b.  computing denoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithm: a heuristic solution —n 4. (plural) the science of heuristic procedure [C19: from New Latin heuristicus, from Greek heuriskein to discover] heu'ristically —adv

 heuristics (hjʊəˈrɪstɪks) —n (functioning as singular) maths, logic algorithm See also artificial intelligence a method or set of rules for solving problems other than by algorithm

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heuristic
"serving to discover or find out," 1821, irregular formation from Gk. heuretikos "inventive," related to heuriskein "to find" (cognate with O.Ir. fuar "I have found"). Heuristics "study of heuristic methods," first recorded 1959.
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Example sentences
Ideas and insights bubble up from some hidden layer of intuitions and heuristics.
Seems a couple of other posters have provided rough heuristics, interestingly
from ones who may be pro-nuclear.
Maybe no amount of ratiocination can capture the messy heuristics of true
devotion.
Social pressure, commitment heuristics etc could come into play here.