Automated Theorem Proving in Software Engineering / Edition 1

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Growing demands for the quality, safety, and security of software can only be met by rigorous application of formal methods during software design. This book methodically investigates the potential of first-ord er logic automated theorem provers for applications in software engine ering. Illustrated by complete case studies on protocol verification, verification of security protocols, and logic-based software reuse, th is book provides techniques for assessing the provers' capabilities an d for selecting and developing an appropriate interface architecture. The book demonstrates that state-of-the-art automated theorem provers are capable of automatically handling important tasks in the design of high quality software and provides many helpful techniques for increa sing the practical usability of automated theorem provers.

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"Automated Theorem Proving by Johann M. Schumann is an excellent survey on the application of the latter (classical) kind of ATP to the field of software engineering. … I most enjoyed its open, and necessary, criticism of common practice in the theorem proving community of ignoring the basic principles of software engineering … . It is a good systematic textbook that makes ATP more accessible to software engineers. It will be useful in teaching as well as in practice … ." (Florian Kammuller, Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, Vol. 12 (3), 2002)

"The structure and capabilities of Automated Theorem Provers (ATP) are presented in depth. … The book is very useful for software engineers who may learn how to apply the ATP for specific tasks in their field. … The book is also recommended to developers of ATP (be they mathematicians, logicians or computer scientists), who may find here suggestions for future work needed in order to improve the practical usability of their products in software industry." (Mihai Cipu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 977, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540679899
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 8/9/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Formal Methods in Software Engineering 11
3 Processing of Logic 23
4 Characteristics of Proof Tasks 43
5 Requirements 71
6 Case Studies 99
7 Specific Techniques for ATP Applications 137
8 Conclusions 197
References 203
Index 221
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