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A synthesizer of inductive assertions

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2 Author(s)
Steven M. German ; Xerox Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif. 94304; Center for Research in Computing Technology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass ; Ben Wegbreit

Describes a prototype system Vista which provides assistance in synthesizing correct inductive assertions. Given only the source program, it is able to generate a useful class of assertions automatically. For a larger class, it is able to extend partial inductive assertions supplied by the programmer to form complete assertions from which it proves program correctness. Its synthesis methods include: symbolic evaluation in a weak interpretation, combining output assertions with loop exit information to obtain trail loop assertions, and extracting information from proofs which fail in order to determine how assertions should be strengthened.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-1 ,  Issue: 1 )