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Head-exploding-universe moment:

Almost all of the time someone in the media or a cloud / big data company's PR department says 'algorithms' these days, they don't mean algorithms, they mean 'heuristics'.

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@natecull This was pointed out to me late in the extended death of Google+ by someone.

Heuristics are rough rules of thumb producing approximately useful results.

Algorithms are deterministic mathematical functions guaranteeing a specific result.

@dredmorbius Yep!

And machine learning is just a really, really computationally intensive heuristic.

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