Definition: (1) A high-level algorithmic framework or approach that can be specialized to solve optimization problems. (2) A high-level strategy that guides other heuristics in a search for feasible solutions.
See also optimization problem, simulated annealing.
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Paul E. Black, "metaheuristic", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 30 March 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/metaheuristic.html