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|Noun||1.||heuristic program - a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem|
formula, rule - (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
lateral thinking - a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on