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## Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

- Describe problem solving strategies
- Define algorithm and heuristic
- Explain some common roadblocks to effective problem solving

## PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES

- When one is faced with too much information
- When the time to make a decision is limited
- When the decision to be made is unimportant
- When there is access to very little information to use in making the decision
- When an appropriate heuristic happens to come to mind in the same moment

## PITFALLS TO PROBLEM SOLVING

## Review Questions

A specific formula for solving a problem is called ________.

A mental shortcut in the form of a general problem-solving framework is called ________.

Which type of bias involves becoming fixated on a single trait of a problem?

Which type of bias involves relying on a false stereotype to make a decision?

## Critical Thinking Questions

What is functional fixedness and how can overcoming it help you solve problems?

How does an algorithm save you time and energy when solving a problem?

## Personal Application Question

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## The Algorithm Problem Solving Approach in Psychology

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## Examples of Algorithms

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## What Is an Algorithm in Psychology?

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- A process to determine what type of treatment is most appropriate for certain types of mental health conditions

## Reasons to Use Algorithms in Psychology

- When accuracy is crucial : This is useful in situations when accuracy is critical or where similar problems need to be frequently solved. In many cases, computer programs can be designed to speed up this process. Data then needs to be placed in the system so that the algorithm can be executed to come up with the correct solution.
- When each decision needs to follow the same process : Such step-by-step approaches can be useful in situations where each decision must be made following the same process. Because the process follows a prescribed procedure, you can be sure that you will reach the correct answer each time.

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What is the difference between a heuristic and an algorithm?

- 3 see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuristic_algorithm – Nick Dandoulakis Feb 25, 2010 at 13:29
- 1 If you look at a heuristic algorithm as a sort of tree structure, I guess you could call it as a special purpose algorithm. – James P. Feb 25, 2010 at 13:35
- A heuristic is an algorithm that doesn't (provably) work. – JeffE Dec 4, 2016 at 21:43

## 12 Answers 12

- 3 Another common use for heuristics is in virus detection, where you might not be sure a virus is there, but you can look for specific key attributes of a virus. – TWA Mar 17, 2010 at 15:59
- Heah thats true and for cracking programms – streetparade Mar 17, 2010 at 16:06
- 1 @kriss, So.. a heuristic is a kind of algorithm. – Pacerier Jun 2, 2016 at 22:30
- 1 @Pacerier: yes. It's an algorithm helping to navigate in the solution space of a particular problem. You can also see it as a strategy to modify an algorithm to make it practical (a meta-algorithm). It's still an algorithm, all methods are, and a Heuristic is definitely a method. – kriss Jun 3, 2016 at 9:30
- An algorithm is typically deterministic and proven to yield an optimal result
- A heuristic has no proof of correctness, often involves random elements, and may not yield optimal results.

- 3 I would not say that an algorithm is proven to yield an optimal result: it depends on the algorithm with respect to which problem. – nbro Dec 31, 2016 at 20:33
- 1 Yielding an optimal result is not the essential quality of algorithms, it is preciseness i.e. the exact result whereas heuristic provides you with approximate results. – Marina Dunst Mar 18, 2017 at 11:05

Heuristic is an adjective for experience-based techniques that help in problem solving, learning and discovery. A heuristic method is used to rapidly come to a solution that is hoped to be close to the best possible answer, or 'optimal solution'. Heuristics are "rules of thumb", educated guesses, intuitive judgments or simply common sense. A heuristic is a general way of solving a problem. Heuristics as a noun is another name for heuristic methods. In more precise terms, heuristics stand for strategies using readily accessible, though loosely applicable, information to control problem solving in human beings and machines.

Heuristic algorithm is an algorithm that is able to produce an acceptable solution to a problem in many practical scenarios, in the fashion of a general heuristic, but for which there is no formal proof of its correctness.

- Exact : the solution is proven to be an optimal (or exact solution) to the input problem
- Approximation : the deviation of the solution value is proven to be never further away from the optimal value than some pre-defined bound (for example, never more than 50% larger than the optimal value)
- Heuristic : the algorithm has not been proven to be optimal, nor within a pre-defined bound of the optimal solution

- I believe your definition of the word algorithm is too restrictive. Does the use of the word sequence implies non-parallell ? Parallell algorithms are fine and even usual nowaday. What about solving a problem using a neural network ? Or a constraint propagation tool ? Algorithms ? Meta-algorithms ? – kriss Apr 19, 2016 at 22:05
- The reader get the feeling NP problems are the worse there is. That's untrue. There are truly hard problems needing truly bad algorithms like exponential ones or worse. NP are special because if we have a solution it is easy and fast to check it, while it is very hard to find it if we don't already have it. It's easy to check that we have correct instructions to get out of a labyrinth, it's much harder to find the exit. Thus NP are both easy and hard if we could try all possible solutions at the same time (non deterministically) solving it would be very simple... but we can't. – kriss Apr 19, 2016 at 22:15
- Thanks for the feedback! I've updated the phrasing slightly, and approached it differently. In my view, constraint propagation is a technique to approach something, but is not yet an algorithm that describes how to step-wise come to the solution described in constraint propagation. You are ofcourse correct about the classes of expspace and 'worse', I've added a note on that too. BTW: please write NP-Complete and/or NP-Hard fully, as the subset of NP also contains 'efficiently' solvable problems, which are not (conjectured to be) the same class. – Joost Apr 20, 2016 at 7:21
- Of course you are right I should have written NP-Complete. My bad. – kriss Apr 20, 2016 at 9:03
- It's way better than what one of my colleagues names it: NP-ness (which sounds just awful and kinda gross...) – Joost Apr 21, 2016 at 11:21

Algorithm may yield an exact or approximate values.

It also may compute a random value that is with high probability close to the exact value.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stochastic_optimization

A heuristic is a technique that helps you look for an answer. Its results are subject to chance because a heuristic tells you only how to look, not what to find. It doesn’t tell you how to get directly from point A to point B; it might not even know where point A and point B are. In effect, a heuristic is an algorithm in a clown suit. It’s less predict- able, it’s more fun, and it comes without a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Here is an algorithm for driving to someone’s house: Take Highway 167 south to Puy-allup. Take the South Hill Mall exit and drive 4.5 miles up the hill. Turn right at the light by the grocery store, and then take the first left. Turn into the driveway of the large tan house on the left, at 714 North Cedar. Here’s a heuristic for getting to someone’s house: Find the last letter we mailed you. Drive to the town in the return address. When you get to town, ask someone where our house is. Everyone knows us—someone will be glad to help you. If you can’t find anyone, call us from a public phone, and we’ll come get you. The difference between an algorithm and a heuristic is subtle, and the two terms over-lap somewhat. For the purposes of this book, the main difference between the two is the level of indirection from the solution. An algorithm gives you the instructions directly. A heuristic tells you how to discover the instructions for yourself, or at least where to look for them.

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## Heuristic Techniques for Problem Solving

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## Examples of Heuristics in Everyday Life

## 7.3 Problem-Solving

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- Describe problem solving strategies
- Define algorithm and heuristic
- Explain some common roadblocks to effective problem solving

## PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES

- When one is faced with too much information
- When the time to make a decision is limited
- When the decision to be made is unimportant
- When there is access to very little information to use in making the decision
- When an appropriate heuristic happens to come to mind in the same moment

## Additional Problem Solving Strategies :

- Abstraction – refers to solving the problem within a model of the situation before applying it to reality.
- Analogy – is using a solution that solves a similar problem.
- Brainstorming – refers to collecting an analyzing a large amount of solutions, especially within a group of people, to combine the solutions and developing them until an optimal solution is reached.
- Divide and conquer – breaking down large complex problems into smaller more manageable problems.
- Hypothesis testing – method used in experimentation where an assumption about what would happen in response to manipulating an independent variable is made, and analysis of the affects of the manipulation are made and compared to the original hypothesis.
- Lateral thinking – approaching problems indirectly and creatively by viewing the problem in a new and unusual light.
- Means-ends analysis – choosing and analyzing an action at a series of smaller steps to move closer to the goal.
- Method of focal objects – putting seemingly non-matching characteristics of different procedures together to make something new that will get you closer to the goal.
- Morphological analysis – analyzing the outputs of and interactions of many pieces that together make up a whole system.
- Proof – trying to prove that a problem cannot be solved. Where the proof fails becomes the starting point or solving the problem.
- Reduction – adapting the problem to be as similar problems where a solution exists.
- Research – using existing knowledge or solutions to similar problems to solve the problem.
- Root cause analysis – trying to identify the cause of the problem.

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confirmation bias: faulty heuristic in which you focus on information that confirms your beliefs

heuristic: mental shortcut that saves time when solving a problem

hindsight bias: belief that the event just experienced was predictable, even though it really wasn’t

mental set: continually using an old solution to a problem without results

problem-solving strategy: method for solving problems

working backwards: heuristic in which you begin to solve a problem by focusing on the end result

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## An Introduction to Problem-Solving using Search Algorithms for Beginners

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In computer science, problem-solving refers to artificial intelligence techniques, including various techniques such as forming efficient algorithms, heuristics, and performing root cause analysis to find desirable solutions.

The basic crux of artificial intelligence is to solve problems just like humans.

## Examples of Problems in Artificial Intelligence

- Travelling Salesman Problem
- Tower of Hanoi Problem
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## Types of search algorithms

In general, searching is referred to as finding information one needs.

The process of problem-solving using searching consists of the following steps.

- Define the problem
- Analyze the problem
- Identification of possible solutions
- Choosing the optimal solution
- Implementation

Let’s discuss some of the essential properties of search algorithms.

## Properties of search algorithms

## Time complexity

## Space complexity

It is the maximum storage or memory taken by the algorithm at any time while searching.

Now let’s see the types of the search algorithm.

Based on the search problems, we can classify the search algorithm as

The uninformed search strategies are of six types.

- Breadth-first search
- Depth-first search
- Depth-limited search
- Iterative deepening depth-first search
- Bidirectional search
- Uniform cost search

Let’s discuss these six strategies one by one.

## 1. Breadth-first search

BFS is used where the given problem is very small and space complexity is not considered.

Now, consider the following tree.

Here, let’s take node A as the start state and node F as the goal state.

A —-> B —-> C —-> D —-> E —-> F

Let’s implement the same in python programming.

- BFS will never be trapped in any unwanted nodes.
- If the graph has more than one solution, then BFS will return the optimal solution which provides the shortest path.

- BFS stores all the nodes in the current level and then go to the next level. It requires a lot of memory to store the nodes.
- BFS takes more time to reach the goal state which is far away.

## 2. Depth-first search

Root node —-> Left node —-> Right node

Now, consider the same example tree mentioned above.

A —-> B —-> D —-> E —-> C —-> F

The output path is as follows.

- It takes lesser memory as compared to BFS.
- The time complexity is lesser when compared to BFS.
- DFS does not require much more search.

- DFS does not always guarantee to give a solution.
- As DFS goes deep down, it may get trapped in an infinite loop.

## 3. Depth-limited search

DLS ends its traversal if any of the following conditions exits.

It denotes that the given problem does not have any solutions.

It indicates that there is no solution for the problem within the given limit.

Now, consider the same example.

Let’s take A as the start node and C as the goal state and limit as 1.

If we give the goal node as F and limit as 2, the path will be A, C, F.

When we give C as goal node and 1 as limit the path will be as follows.

- DLS may not offer an optimal solution if the problem has more than one solution.
- DLS also encounters incompleteness.

## 4. Iterative deepening depth-first search

Let me try to explain this with the same example tree.

Consider, A as the start node and E as the goal node. Let the maximum depth be 2.

The path generated is as follows.

## 5. Bidirectional search

Let’s implement the same in Python.

The path is generated as follows.

Advantages of bidirectional search

Disadvantages of bidirectional search

## 6. Uniform cost search

Consider the below graph where each node has a pre-defined cost.

Here, S is the start node and G is the goal node.

From S, G can be reached in the following ways.

Here, the path with the least cost is S, B, E, F, G.

Let’s implement UCS in Python.

The optimal output path is generated.

Now, let me compare the six different uninformed search strategies based on the time complexity.

This is all about uninformed search algorithms.

Let’s take a look at informed search algorithms.

Here, the goal state can be achieved by using the heuristic function.

Let’s discuss some of the informed search strategies.

## 1. Greedy best-first search algorithm

Consider the below graph with the heuristic values.

Here, A is the start node and H is the goal node.

The output path with the lowest cost is generated.

The time complexity of Greedy best-first search is O(b m ) in worst cases.

Advantages of Greedy best-first search

Disadvantages of Greedy best-first search

- In the worst-case scenario, the greedy best-first search algorithm may behave like an unguided DFS.
- There are some possibilities for greedy best-first to get trapped in an infinite loop.
- The algorithm is not an optimal one.

Next, let’s discuss the other informed search algorithm called the A* search algorithm.

## 2. A* search algorithm

Consider the following graph with the heuristics values as follows.

Let A be the start node and H be the goal node.

First, the algorithm will start with A. From A, it can go to B, C, H.

Note the point that A* search uses the sum of path cost and heuristics value to determine the path.

Here, from A to B, the sum of cost and heuristics is 1 + 3 = 4.

Here, the lowest cost is 4 and the path A to B is chosen. The other paths will be on hold.

Now, from B, it can go to D or E.

From A to B to D, the cost is 1 + 4 + 2 = 7.

From A to B to E, it is 1 + 6 + 6 = 13.

The lowest cost is 7. Path A to B to D is chosen and compared with other paths which are on hold.

Here, path A to C is of less cost. That is 6.

Hence, A to C is chosen and other paths are kept on hold.

From C, it can now go to F or G.

From A to C to F, the cost is 2 + 3 + 3 = 8.

From A to C to G, the cost is 2 + 2 + 1 = 5.

From G, it can go to H whose cost is 2 + 2 + 2 + 0 = 6.

Here, 6 is lesser than other paths cost which is on hold.

Also, H is our goal state. The algorithm will terminate here.

The time complexity of the A* search is O(b^d) where b is the branching factor.

Advantages of A* search algorithm

- This algorithm is best when compared with other algorithms.
- This algorithm can be used to solve very complex problems also it is an optimal one.

Disadvantages of A* search algorithm

- The A* search is based on heuristics and cost. It may not produce the shortest path.
- The usage of memory is more as it keeps all the nodes in the memory.

Now, let’s compare uninformed and informed search strategies.

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## Heuristic Method

## What is the Heuristic Method?

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## Heuristic method: Four principles

Pólya describes the following four principles in his book:

## First principle of the heuristic method: understand the problem

## Second principle of the heuristic method: make a plan

## Third principle of the heuristic method: carry out the plan

If the plan doesn’t go anywhere, the advice is to throw it overboard and find a new way.

## Fourth principle of the heuristic method: evaluate and adapt

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- Groner, R., Groner, M., & Bischof, W. F. (2014). Methods of heuristics . Routledge .
- Newell, A. (1983). The heuristic of George Polya and its relation to artificial intelligence . Methods of heuristics, 195-243.
- Polya, G. (2014, 1945). How to solve it: A new aspect of mathematical method . Princeton university press .

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- Awareness : it may initially seem obvious, but maintain awareness of when you are using heuristics and check through the list of applicable cognitive biases that could be causing you to make errors. This self-check is not as hard to activate as it may first appear. Try and create a habit to get in to this thought loop when you are either making quick judgements that feel easy and intuitive or slow judgements that feel hard and involve lots of information. Starting at either end of the judgement and decision-making spectrum will then help you move to the centre with more practice
- Abstraction: Standing back from the task and imagining coaching others through the problem solving process is a powerful way to highlight the cognitive flaws that you might otherwise make. List the problem solving steps your imaginary person should go through. Highlight the data and decision points required. This act of abstraction makes you cognitively process the same information differently.
- Application: imagine applying in a radically different context the same depth or volume of information that you’re currently considering applying in solving your problem. Would you pull a product in a pharma company with the same quality suspicions as you have in your software company? Why is your answer different? What different information would you need to have certainty in your solution to a problem?
- Constant investment in experience: if intuition is layered knowledge and expertise which comes from your depth of experience, and intuition drives decision-making around problems, then deeper experience lessens problem-solving flaws. Ultimately the incomplete or loosely applicable information is being better validated by your expertise.

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- Investors and financial professionals use a heuristic approach to speed up analysis and investment decisions.
- Heuristics can lead to poor decision-making based on a limited data set, but the speed of decisions can sometimes make up for the disadvantages.
- Behavioral economics has focused on heuristics as one limitation of human beings to behave like rational actors.
- Availability, anchoring, confirmation bias, and the hot hand fallacy are some examples of heuristics people use in their economic lives.

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