Pertaining to direct solution by trial and error, usually without a step by step approach, and involving analysis and evaluation of progress made, as in a heuristic approach to trial and error methods. In a stochastic approach to a problem solution, intuitive conjecture or speculation is used to select a possible solution, which is then tested against known evidence, observations or measurements. Intervening or intermediate steps toward a solution are omitted. Contrast with “algorithmic” and “heuristic. “

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