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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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The second contribution is the development of a simple route choice model that proposes that drivers heuristically estimate their travel time as a point inside the range given and that fits the relatively complex data quite well.
Under the difficulty of thinking pure laws as such (universals are debated since the scholastic era), gradually the majority heuristically also shifted toward thinking propositionally, seeing the world as a collection of things, in the vein of science.
Given the comparatively high proximity among Benefits 1, 2, and 3, we could heuristically consider these as a group of "other benefits" and then examine the frequency with which the six possibly order: Benefit 4, "Others," 5; 5,4, "Others," etc, are respected.
Examples of heuristically derived segments for business lending may include lease versus retail, line of credit versus closed-end loan, small loans versus large loans (dollar amount), and small companies versus large companies (number of employees).
Kurzman defines Liberal Islam heuristically as the often overlooked third tradition of Islamic socio-religious interpretation, after the customary and revivalist.
This research concludes that students who are successful at school have had many experiences in using language heuristically prior to their formal schooling -- i.e., to explore, investigate, speculate, acquire and represent knowledge.
[2] In spite of its subsequent theoretical variations, refinements, and developments--in the form of neo-distanciationalism, post-distanciationalism, post-neodistanciationalism, and neo-postdistanciationalism-the essential core of Besser-Wisser's formulation is so simple, and yet so heuristically and ontologically valuable in the theoreticization of the politico-urban-time continuum, that it is puzzling that it took mankind two millennia to develop.
This method heuristically searches through the rule space expanded in terms of combinations of attributes, distinguished into pos-atts, which, for concept C, refers to an attribute, and neg-atts, which also refers to an attribute of concept C but in terms of a negative weight, depending on the concept for which the rules were formed.
If study of a Melanesian cargo cult influenced by Daniel 7-12 or the Apocalypse throws up an interesting model of the relationship between social context and end-time speculation, there is no reason whatsoever why that model should not be applied to ancient texts heuristically, as an elaborate `what if' examination of the primary data.
This aggregation can be accomplished several ways: intuitively, by selecting aggregations that just seem to make sense; heuristically, essentially taking a vote on which uncertainties are the most important and then putting them in a matrix; or statistically, a systematic combination of the outcomes of the uncertainties into internally consistent logic strings.
Three heuristically useful alternative explanations for the neoliberal sea-change are presented: ideological influences and political learning, the role of the IMF and similar agents, and mobile capital.
But Jones suggests that it was Wordsworth himself who `started it': that the mysterious indeterminacy of the poems and their interrelation is deliberate -- artistically and heuristically (rather than biographically) motivated.