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Knowledge-based program analysis

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2 Author(s)
Harandi, M.T. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Ning, J.Q.

Automatic program analysis is regarded here as both the mechanized process of understanding high-level concepts from program text and the use of those concepts to guide program maintenance. A knowledge-based program analysis tool called PAT, which realizes this concept, is described. PAT uses an object-oriented framework to represent programming concepts and a heuristic-based concept-recognition mechanism to derive high-level functional concepts from the source code. As an example, a segment of a much larger program written in a Pascal-like language is analyzed using PAT.<>

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )