Heuristic Device

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A heuristic device is

[a]ny procedure which involves the use of an artificial construct to assist in the exploration of …[complex] phenomena.

A heuristic device is … a form of preliminary analysis.

[A] heuristic device is usually employed for analytical clarity, although it can also have explanatory value as a Model.Dictionary of Sociology

Heuristic devices play a central role in Sensemaking.