While running anti-malware software…..

headacheWhile running anti-malware software on my computer this weekend, I noticed a function called “heuristic analysis”. What’s that? I wondered to myself…and found my word for today to share with you all!

Its first known use is in 1821, HEURISTIC is an adjective, meaning “involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods.”

For example, heuristic techniques are relating to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques (as the evaluation of feedback) to improve performance, as whne using a heuristic computer program

Used in a sentence: “If Orbitz prevails, its online reservation process alone may blow away the competition. Unlike mainframe-based systems, Orbitz uses racks of PCs to search fare data, making it easier to scale up computing power. And its intelligent algorithms evaluate all the possible fares simultaneously instead
of employing heuristic shortcuts designed to use as little computing power as possible.” —Evan Ratliff, WIRED, September 2000

Etymology of HEURISTIC: from German (heuristisch), from New Latin (heuristicus), from Greek (heuriskein) meaning to discover; akin to Old Irish fo-fúair (he found)

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heuristic


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