A Tutorial on Heuristic Methods

Rene Victor Valqui Vidal, D. de Werra, E. Silver

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    In this paper we define a heuristic method as a procedure for solving a well-defined mathematical problem by an intuitive approach in which the structure of the problem can be interpreted and exploited intelligently to obtain a reasonable solution. Issues discussed include: (i) the measurement of the quality of a heuristic method, (ii) different types of heuristic procedures, (iii) the interactive role of human beings and (iv) factors that may influence the choice or testing of heuristic methods. A large number of references are included.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
    Pages (from-to)153-162
    Publication statusPublished - 1980


    • classification
    • heuristics
    • optimization


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