toy problem


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toy problem

[AI] A deliberately oversimplified case of a challenging problem used to investigate, prototype, or test algorithms for a real problem. Sometimes used pejoratively. See also gedanken, toy program.
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The poisonous toy problem followed on the heels of recalls of toxic toothpaste, lead-leaching lunchboxes and poisoned pet food.
Perhaps it is a toy problem that won't scale to real curriculum needs or large numbers of students, or diverse content areas, or to everyday teachers and students rather than hand-picked ones.
Obviously, linear optimization models are not simply theoretical concepts applicable to toy problems.