Standards in Artificial Intelligence

Aaron R. Kulkis akulkis at
Fri Nov 3 07:28:28 EST 2000

Nick Maclaren wrote:
> In article <3A0181D6.775F7534 at>,
> "Aaron R. Kulkis" <akulkis at> writes:
> |>
> |> I think it's summed up best by the sage observation:
> |> "Hueristic methods don't work...if they did, they would be
> |> called ALGORITHMS"
> Really?  I wouldn't call the author of that so much a sage as
> an onion :-)
> There are lots of heuristic methods that work, including the
> classical ones for linear programming (many $$$ spent on that
> one), several for approximate sequence comparison (no, I don't
> mean diff -h), most of cluster analysis and related areas
> (when used properly) and so on.
> And the converse is true, too.  Quite a few people and even
> areas call their heuristics "algorithms" just to give them a
> veneer of intellectual respectability.

Thus making my point.

> Regards,
> Nick Maclaren,
> University of Cambridge Computing Service,
> New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG, England.
> Email:  nmm1 at
> Tel.:  +44 1223 334761    Fax:  +44 1223 334679

Aaron R. Kulkis
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