A **constructive heuristic** is a type of heuristic method which starts with an empty solution and repeatedly extends the current solution until a complete solution is obtained. It differs from local search heuristics which start with a complete solution and then try to improve the current solution further via local moves. Examples of some famous problems that are solved using constructive heuristics are the flow shop scheduling,^{[1]} the vehicle routing problem^{[2]} and the open shop problem.^{[3]}

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