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Heuristic

A device one uses to learn or find. Heuristics are easy to remember, but are understood to not apply exactly to every situation. They are useful in all types of problem solving, including in business. Examples of heuristics include educated guesses, past experience and common sense.
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So while heuristically useful as a diagnosis and although it explains a small subset of fire setting behavior, pyromania should be understood as a highly disabling disorder that is nonetheless uncommon and doesn't account for the vast majority of cases of fire setting," she said.
Epperson's (2004: 106-7) clearly stated goal is to demonstrate "how Whiteheadian metaphysics can be heuristically useful in understanding modern ontological interpretations of quantum mechanics, such that the physics can be interpreted logically, coherently, and empirically adequately as an exemplification of the metaphysics; but just as important is the converse demonstration that modern ontological interpretations of quantum mechanics can be heuristically useful to an understanding of Whiteheadian metaphysics".
11-12), although behavior, beliefs, and worldview remain heuristically tangled throughout.
As a working hypothesis it is very important, especially because it fills a gap, something that-from the point of view of the investigation-was never made heuristically.
Then I examine four examples of different forms of communal violence in Lampung and Central Sulawesi provinces to heuristically search for a common causal factor.
While our laboratory data on soil respiration rates cannot be assumed to closely parallel respiration levels in the field, the area-based values are heuristically useful in demonstrating that a relatively low basal respiration multiplied over a large volume of soil can result in large values of total respiration.
There is no need (and insufficient space) to revisit this debate here, but whether such representation is romantic, or whether it genuinely reflects the realities of more localised and stable modes of environmental engagement, it offers a heuristically useful comparative perspective.
A broad view of asceticism is also heuristically valuable, since an understanding of how asceticism works to change its practitioner may well revolve around questions of what is experienced as "difficult.
Hence, this inflection point lies within the heuristically defined transition region.
Heuristically determined thresholds can be established while more sophisticated expert rules or algorithms are being developed.
While heuristically useful, the perils of behavioral profiling to identify violent students must be emphasized here.
Thus we may say heuristically that the information of the whole domain D with its boundary , the training data and the final harmonic function equals the information at the boundary when the process starts, the rest is a powerful flattening process ending in a function without local maxima or minima.