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This is a general framework for heuristics in solving hard problems. The idea of ``meta is that of level. An analogy is the use of a meta-language to explain a language. For computer languages, we use symbols, like brackets, in the meta-language to denote properties of the language being described, such as parameters that are optional. Examples of metaheuristics


Besides parameters that define specific algorithms with each framework, these metaheuristics also require some concept of representation, which is problem dependent. Also see GRASP.

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