Wednesday, November 24, 2010
heuristic adjective [hyoo-RIS-tik] Serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
Definitions for heuristic
- Serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
- Encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error.
- Of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
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Citations for heuristic
Faced with this data-driven discussion, I've noticed most patients will come to rely on either what their doctors suggest (which is often subject to the same heuristic errors above) or the kind of decision making fallacies aforementioned.
Since it proposed itself, and seems heuristic, I adopted it without misgivings.
Origin of heuristic
Heuristic stems from the Greek heur-, "to discover."