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Heuristics

  1. Ulrich Hoffrage

Published Online: 15 OCT 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470013192.bsa732

Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science

Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science

How to Cite

Hoffrage, U. 2005. Heuristics. Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science. .

Author Information

  1. University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 OCT 2005

Abstract

A heuristic is a means for finding something – information, an insight, or a solution to a given problem. Examples range from inspecting the problem, through vaguely defined rules of thumb, to precisely defined procedures that can be implemented in computer programs.

Keywords:

  • heuristic;
  • shortcut;
  • approximation;
  • rule of thumb;
  • problem space