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What is Abstraction in Problem Solving?

 , October 03, 2015 updated on January 16, 2020
In the context of problem solving, abstraction is looking at a problem in general rather than specific terms. It includes strategies such as going back to first principles or using an analogy to model a problem. The idea is that by removing details the core problem emerges.
Overview: Abstraction
FunctionProblem Solving
ValueModeling the complex with a simple representation.
Similar TechniquesAbstraction
First Principles
Analogy
Conceptual Framework
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