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Put simply, one selects a possible answer, applies it to the problem and, if it is not successful, generates another possibility that is subsequently tried. This approach is most successful with simple problems and in games, and is often resorted to when no apparent rule applies. This does not mean that the approach need be careless for an individual can be methodical in manipulating the variables in an effort to sort through possibilities that may result in success. However, this method is often used by people who have little knowledge in the problem area.
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