The Wikipedia states that:
"An evaluation function, also known as a heuristic evaluation function or static evaluation function, is a function used by game-playing programs to estimate the value or goodness of a position in the minimax and related algorithms."
Q: Is "goodness" an actual term in use in this context, or should it more properly be something like "perceived optimality"?
I ask because, in Combinatorial Game Theory for instance, a lighthearted term such as "loopy" is preferred by some mathematicians (Demaine) over the more serious term "cyclic" (Fraenkel).
On a related note, is the use of "position" instead of "node" preferred here as an acknowledgement of the heuristic nature of Evaluation Functions? (My understanding is that "position", "node" and "game" may all be interchangeable in certain contexts.)