local optimum


Definition: A solution to a problem that is better than all other solutions that are slightly different, but worse than the global optimum.

See also prisoner's dilemma, optimization problem.

Note: Some search methods may get trapped in a local optimum and miss the global optimum.

Author: PEB

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