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exhaustive search

(algorithmic technique)

Definition: An algorithm that finds a solution by trying every possibility.

See also brute force, search.

Author: BB

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Bob Bockholt, "exhaustive search", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 14 April 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/exhaustiveSearch.html