backward search

backward search

[¦bak·wərd ′sərch]
(computer science)
A search of a document or database that starts at the cursor's location and moves backwards toward the beginning of the document or database.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As I was ignorant of the month in which Sir Percival was born, I began my backward search with the early part of the year.
A novel backward search system has been developed in accordance with the theoretical foundations provided by narrowing.
Even though the foundations of the analysis are the rules described in Section 2, they are automatically transformed in order to apply the backward search, which in turn is not implemented in the core distribution of Maude and hence requires further modifications to be used.
Using the planning graph and the lists of mutually exclusive facts and actions, TGP now conducts a backward search through the metaproblem space.
TGP performs a backward search on the planning graph that remains unchanged during each search episode.
He finds the explanation not in the onward march of technology but in their backward search for inspiration, in traditional cultural values, in attitudes to how war should be waged, and in particular in their attitudes to the heroic past.
Many search engines have a backward search function Plug in as address and see how many have linked to it.
Webcrawler http://www.webcrawler.com This search engine has a convenient "backward search" to find out who has linked to you.
Overall, the planner FF, based on similar ideas, did better and, in certain cases, significantly better primarily because of three factors: (1) the search direction (forward search appears to be more robust than backward search), (2) a heuristic more accurate than [h.sub.add] (the only heuristic used by HSP2.0 in the forward direction), and (3) a good rule for quickly discarding nodes without computing their heuristic values.
WebCrawler has another feature that is useful to users with their own home pages: a backward search function, which reports on who linked to your home page so you can keep track of visitors as a marketing tool.
To extract a plan if any, a backward search is performed.
WebCrawler www.webcrawler.com Backward searches. Many categories.
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