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  1. brute forcenoun

    A method of accomplishing something primarily by means of strength, without the use of mechanical aids or, in combat, without strategic planning or tactics.

  2. brute forcenoun

    A method of computation wherein all permutations of a problem are tried manually until one is found that provides a solution, in contrast to the implementation of a more intelligent algorithm.

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  1. Brute Force

    Brute Force is a video game released for the Xbox by Microsoft in 2003. The game is a squad-based third-person shooter that uses four members of a team which fight in numerous battles. These members in the squad include Flint, a sniper, Brutus, a shock trooper, Tex, a heavy assault trooper, and Hawk, a scout. Each character on the team has their own strengths and weaknesses. The story is of a science-fiction setting where humans spread throughout the galaxy. Tension arises with the threat of a hostile alien race that appears. The squad, Brute Force, is sent in to confront the enemy. Additionally, each character has their own backstory. Brute Force began as a PC game in 2000, but was soon after turned into a first-party title for the Xbox, following the buyout of Digital Anvil by Microsoft.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. brute force

    Describes a primitive programming style, one in which the programmer relies on the computer's processing power instead of using his or her own intelligence to simplify the problem, often ignoring problems of scale and applying naive methods suited to small problems directly to large ones. The term can also be used in reference to programming style: brute-force programs are written in a heavyhanded, tedious way, full of repetition and devoid of any elegance or useful abstraction (see also brute force and ignorance).The canonical example of a brute-force algorithm is associated with the ‘traveling salesman problem’ (TSP), a classical NP-hard problem: Suppose a person is in, say, Boston, and wishes to drive to N other cities. In what order should the cities be visited in order to minimize the distance travelled? The brute-force method is to simply generate all possible routes and compare the distances; while guaranteed to work and simple to implement, this algorithm is clearly very stupid in that it considers even obviously absurd routes (like going from Boston to Houston via San Francisco and New York, in that order). For very small N it works well, but it rapidly becomes absurdly inefficient when N increases (for N = 15, there are already 1,307,674,368,000 possible routes to consider, and for N = 1000 — well, see bignum). Sometimes, unfortunately, there is no better general solution than brute force. See also NP- and rubber-hose cryptanalysis.A more simple-minded example of brute-force programming is finding the smallest number in a large list by first using an existing program to sort the list in ascending order, and then picking the first number off the front.Whether brute-force programming should actually be considered stupid or not depends on the context; if the problem is not terribly big, the extra CPU time spent on a brute-force solution may cost less than the programmer time it would take to develop a more ‘intelligent’ algorithm. Additionally, a more intelligent algorithm may imply more long-term complexity cost and bug-chasing than are justified by the speed improvement.Ken Thompson, co-inventor of Unix, is reported to have uttered the epigram “When in doubt, use brute force”. He probably intended this as a ha ha only serious, but the original Unix kernel's preference for simple, robust, and portable algorithms over brittle ‘smart’ ones does seem to have been a significant factor in the success of that OS. Like so many other tradeoffs in software design, the choice between brute force and complex, finely-tuned cleverness is often a difficult one that requires both engineering savvy and delicate esthetic judgment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brute force in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brute force in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of brute force in a Sentence

  1. Kishore Singh:

    The Chinese are using their brute force amid a pandemic, the world must stand with India to punish them.

  2. Kishore Singh:

    This kind of bludgeoning must stop. China has a strong army but Indians will unite against them if they continue such attacks, the Chinese are using their brute force amid a pandemic, the world must stand with India to punish them.

  3. Eduardo Enriquez:

    The longer we don't see results, people are going to start getting tired and disappointed, and they have the force, the brute force. So we don't want to lose the momentum.

  4. Yanez Jr.:

    She’s tied the hands of the police, she wants police to fight crime with a hand tied behind their backs, and you can’t fight evil crime, brute force, with one hand tied behind their backs.

  5. Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic:

    Borders can only be closed by brute force.

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