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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

heuristic

\hyoo-RIS-tik\ , adjective;
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.
3.
Of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
4.
Denoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithm
Quotes:
Faced with this data-driven discussion, I've noticed most patients will come to rely on either what their doctors suggest (which is often subject to the same heuristic errors above) or the kind of decision making fallacies aforementioned.
-- Tara Parker Pope, "Life After a Lifesaving Treatment," Well Blog, New York Times, October, 2010.
Since it proposed itself, and seems heuristic, I adopted it without misgivings.
-- Paul Chamberland, The courage of poetry
Origin:
Heuristic stems from the Greek heur-, "to discover."
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