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Knowledge-based programming: A survey of program design and construction techniques

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1 Author(s)
Goldberg, A.T. ; Kestrel Inst., Palo Alto, CA, USA

An application of artificial intelligence (AI) to the development of software is presented for the construction of efficient implementations of programs from formal high-level specifications. Central to this discussion is the notion of program development by means of program transformation. Using this methodology, a formal specification is compiled (either manually or automatically) into an efficient implementation by the repeated application of correctness-preserving, source-to-source transformations. The author considers techniques for data structure selection, the procedural representation of logic assertions, store-versus-compute, finite differencing, loop fusion, and algorithm design methods presented from the point of view of algorithm design and high-level program optimization.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-12 ,  Issue: 7 )