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Lectures on the Logic of Computer Programming

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by Zohar Manna


1980 / iv + 49 pages / Softcover / ISBN: 978-0-898711-64-6 / List Price $43.50 / SIAM/CBMS Member Price $30.45 / Order Code CB31

This monograph deals with aspects of the computer programming process that involve techniques derived from mathematical logic. The author focuses on proving that a given program produces the intended result whenever it halts, that a given program will eventually halt, that a given program is partially correct and terminates, and that a system of rewriting rules always halts. Also, the author describes the intermediate behavior of a given program, and discusses constructing a program to meet a given specification.

Partial correctness: Invariant method; Subgoal method; Subgoal method versus invariant method; Termination: Well-founded ordering method; The multiset ordering; Total correctness; Intermittent method; Systematic program annotation; Range of Individual variables; Relation between variables; Control invariants; Debugging; Termination and run-time analysis; Synthesis of programs: The weakest precondition operator; Transformation rules; Simultaneous-goal principle; Conditional-formation principle; Recursion-formulation principle; Generalization; Program modification; Comparison with structured programming; Termination of production systems: Examples: Associativity; Example: Distribution system; Differentiation system; Nested Multisets.

ISBN: 9780898711646

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