- Abstract (Korf, Reid, and Edelkamp 2001) introduced a formula to predict the number of nodes IDA* will expand given the static distribution of heuristic values. Their formula proved to be very accurate but it is only accurate under the following limitations:(1) the heuristic must be con-sistent;(2) the prediction is for a large random sample of start states. In this paper we generalize the static dis-tribution to a conditional distribution of heuristic val-ues. We then propose a new formula for predicting the performance of IDA* that works well for inconsistent heuristics (Zahavi et al. 2007) and for any set of start states, not just a random sample. We also show how the formula can be enhanced to work well for single start states. Experimental results demonstrate the accuracy of our method in all these situations.