Heuristic meaning

hyo͝o-rĭstĭk
Of or constituting an educational method in which learning takes place through discoveries that result from investigations made by the student.
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Of or relating to a usually speculative formulation serving as a guide in the investigation or solution of a problem.
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(computers) Relating to or using a problem-solving technique in which the most appropriate solution of several found by alternative methods is selected at successive stages of a program for use in the next step of the program.
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The definition of heuristic refers to techniques, activities or lessons that allow someone to discover something for himself or by finding solutions through experiments or loosely defined rules.

A process whereby you are asked questions to discover answers on your own and learn more about yourself on your own is an example of a process that would be described as heuristic.

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Heuristics are defined as ways of finding out the answer to a question.

An example of heuristics are common sense and trial-and-error.

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A heuristic method or process.
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The study and application of heuristic methods and processes.
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Helping to discover or learn; specif., designating a method of education or of computer programming in which the pupil or machine proceeds along empirical lines, using rules of thumb, to find solutions or answers.
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A method of problem solving using exploration and trial and error methods. Heuristic program design provides a framework for solving a problem in contrast with a fixed set of rules (algorithmic) that cannot vary.
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Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
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(computing, of a method or algorithm) That solves a problem more quickly but is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution.
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A heuristic method.
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The art of applying heuristic methods.
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Origin of heuristic

  • From Greek heuriskein to find

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Irregular formation from Ancient Greek εὑρίσκω (euriskō, “I find, discover”).

    From Wiktionary