heuristic heuristic  /hjʊ ˈrɪ stɪk/


  1. (n) a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem
  2. (adj) of or relating to or using a general formulation that serves to guide investigation



  1. Hurst's heuristic methods have begun to achieve amazing results.
  2. The story involved the type of heuristic thinking Church enjoys most.
  3. This is the heuristic approach: the method by which a computer acquires a knowledge of checkers or learns to play war games.


  1. “M.I.C.E an N.M.E.”

    Who controls Stratford’s politics? Act 1, Scene 2: “M.I.C.E. an N.M.E.” Speculative-Heuristic: Hamartia epiphany! Anagnorisis catharsis? *Clauswitz: “War is politics by other means.”
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Stratford Star

  2. Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board™ (SPCB™) Partners with Heuristic to Launch CSP™ Credentialing Management System

    TAMPA, Fla., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board™ (SPCB™) is pleased to announce that they have contracted with Heuristic Solutions to implement the LearningBuilder™ credentialing management system for the...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: PR Newswire


  • In other words, instead of computing the ball's trajectory, all you have to do is keep your eye on it -- "the heuristic leads the player to the landing point," Gigerenzer writes.
    on Jul 30, 2007 By: Gerd Gigerenzer Source: Salon

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