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For example, consider L* algorithm for learning a regular language, or A* search algorithm. What do these names - in particular, the star character - mean?
It looks like it might be the case that the star is used in a way similar to the Kleene star - e.g. apparently, A* was preceded by A1 and A2.

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    $\begingroup$ This question has already been asked and answered on stack overflow. $\endgroup$ – orlp Jul 22 '18 at 21:06

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