Definition: A solution to a problem that is better than all other solutions that are slightly different, but worse than the global optimum.
See also prisoner's dilemma, optimization problem.
Note: Some search methods may get trapped in a local optimum and miss the global optimum.
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Paul E. Black, "local optimum", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/localoptimum.html