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I have developed an algorithm that aims to produce some scientific results. These calculcations use a lot of computing time, so most runs use a much faster, stripped-down version of the algorithm. At some point, real runs are necessary for which a lot of time will be commited.

What would you call these runs that are not test runs? Live runs maybe?

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    "Crash" is what I usually encounter. But "live run" fits, more or less. – Hot Licks May 24 '15 at 17:14
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    Since they're probably all "tests", perhaps you should just differentiate them as stripped-down (or preliminary) tests and full tests. – FumbleFingers May 24 '15 at 17:48
  • Could you clarify? Which one are you calling the test run? The longer one or the shorter one? – Tushar Raj May 24 '15 at 17:48
  • I'm calling the shorter runs test, i.e. those where I don't expect useful results. – helm May 24 '15 at 23:02
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In many environments a run that actually produces results is a production run. Working run, or some variant of Live run, real run or actual run might also work.

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If the Final run is called Test,
my scanner labels something similar a preview. Or perhaps,

Sweep

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweep
.3. to move or pass quickly, forcefully, or smoothly

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