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Author McLean, John
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1984
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract An intuitive presentation of the trace method for the abstractspecification of software contains sample specifications, syntacticand semantic definitions of consistency and totalness, methods forproving specifications consistent and total, and a comparison ofthe method with the algebraic approach to specification. Thisintuitive presentation is underpinned by a formal syntax,semantics, and derivation system for the method. Completeness andsoundness theorems establish the correctness of the derivationsystem with respect to the semantics, the coextensiveness of thesyntactic definitions of consistency and totalness with theirsemantic counterparts, and the correctness of the proof methodspresented. Areas for future research are discussed.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1984-06-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 31
Issue Number 3
Page Count 28
Starting Page 600
Ending Page 627


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Source: ACM Digital Library