ALL meanings of ad-hockery

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  • noun Technical meaning of ad-hockery (jargon)   /ad-hok'*r-ee/ (Purdue) 1. Gratuitous assumptions made inside certain programs, especially expert systems, which lead to the appearance of semi-intelligent behaviour but are in fact entirely arbitrary. For example, fuzzy-matching of input tokens that might be typing errors against a symbol table can make it look as though a program knows how to spell. 2. Special-case code to cope with some awkward input that would otherwise cause a program to fail, presuming normal inputs are dealt with in some cleaner and more regular way. Also called "ad-hackery", "ad-hocity" (/ad-hos'*-tee/), "ad-crockery". See also ELIZA effect. 1
  • noun ad-hockery reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans. 1
  • noun ad-hockery Alternative spelling of ad hocery. 0
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