2. of a speculative formulation that guides the investigation or solution of a problem

3. (Computers) of a problem-solving technique via 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

Noun: A Heuristic method or process  

Heuristics (with a sing. verb) The study and application of heuristic methodologies

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