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I'm writing on an english article in the domain of navigation and geographic routing. I have a use case for targetless navigation but I'm unsure if the term is the correct choise. I see targetless is an existing word in the english language, and it literally means without target.

In my specific use case, and in the oppisite to a traditional A-to-B navigation like you use in your car, I'm looking for a term or phrase that descibres the state that

  • I'm in a explorative navigation mode
  • I'm free to go where I want (as long as I can reach it somehow)
  • Describes something scientists call A-to-N navigation [1]

Is targetless navigation the term I'm looking for?

[1] The correct scientific term is the single source shortest path (SSSP) problem class in case anyone wants to read up on that matter.

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  • If you're not trying to reach a destination, you could be said to be wandering or meandering or roaming. If you're looking for jargon, your question would be better posed elsewhere such as a math forum. Target is not really a synonym for destination, and so "targetless" misses the mark.
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2016 at 11:50
  • Do you have any knowledge whatsoever of these paths, beyond the fact that they exist, before you take them? Direction? Distance? Attendant conditions?
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:17
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    Aimless is much more idiomatic than targetless.
    – stangdon
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:49
  • Directionless, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:57
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    "aimless" is used in the phrase "wander aimlessly"
    – eques
    Nov 10, 2016 at 16:23

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If something that normally takes a target does not have that target set yet, try untargeted.

Though this can also refer to something that is not yet targeted by anything as well.

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If you are ok with something informal, you could use the neologism "destinationless"

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