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heuristic method

Decision making A form of problem-solving based, not on scientific proof but rather on plausible, possible, or creative conclusions to questions that cannot be answered in the context of, or the 'logic' of which lies outside of, a currently accepted scientific paradigm; the heuristic process is of use as it may stimulate further research. See Medical mistake, Representative heurisic. Cf Aunt Millie approach, Stochastic method.
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Hertz, "A new heuristic method for the flow shop sequencing problem," European Journal of Operational Research, vol.
From the Heuristic method, thirteen linear calculations were obtained (Table 1), where as the best multi linear calculation gave five linear correlations (Table 2).
This RS problem, in which the trust levels for relay nodes are considered, is formulated as a restless bandit problem and then solved by the PI heuristic method. According to the proposed low complexity algorithm, the RS process can be easily performed in practical networks.
First, table 3 shows that the exact method outperforms the heuristic method in terms of refueling cost in five out of twelve instances.
Approaches for Solving Production Planning and Scheduling Problems Using Integrated Heuristic Methods, Proceedings of the 21th International DAAAM Symposium, 4 th International DAAAM Conference, Zadar, ISSN 1726-9679, ISBN 9783-901509-73-5, Katalinic, B.
While the heuristic methods calculate the approximate optimum solutions, the exact optimization methods calculate the exact ones.
Despite this tendency to find false positives, researchers have often reported the heuristic method as being productive (or thorough) because of the large number of problems it does identify and its relative ease of use (Dutt, Johnson, & Johnson, 1994; Virzi, Sorce, & Herbert, 1993).
The crucial observation leading to FF's heuristic method is that although computing optimal relaxed solution length is NP hard, deciding relaxed solvability is in P (Bylander 1994).
Here you use an appropriate algorithm or heuristic method to create some possible solutions.
They consider what individuality is and what it means for that to be taken as religious, but ultimately regard "individuality as a heuristic method to analyze the relationship between structures, norms, and opportunities on the one hand, and the individual agent on the other." In this regard, they identify several types of individuality "rather than measure different phenomena on a unified scale of 'individuality'." They are divided into two sections on individuals and persons, on the one hand, and representative and charismatic individuality, on the other.
Elazouni, (2009) Heuristic method for multi-project finance-based scheduling, Construction Management and Economics, 27(2), pp.
This approach was implemented in the EDIT Learning Environment and is defined by the following features: a WWW dedicated architecture, a distributed way of working both in the design and exploitation phases; reusability; a heuristic method to gather the needed information from all people involved in the project rather than from a limited number of experts; an integrated communication system; and cost effectiveness.