What is heuristics?

In computer science, heuristics means using guesswork to solve problems more quickly when normal methods are providing too slow.

It is a shortcut that trades off optimality, completeness, accuracy or precision against speed.

Technology Term:

Heuristics

Standard Definition Exists?

any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery that employs a practical method not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for the immediate goals.

Accepted Acronym:

Heuristic

Year first used/coined:

1970-80s

Attributed to:

Herbert A. Simon

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