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Title: Understanding English descriptions of programs.
Author: Ramsay, Allan
ISNI:       0000 0001 1063 2886
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1982
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A considerable amount of work has been done in the field of verifying that computer programs fit their specifications. However, providing correct formal specifications is itself a fairly difficult and tedious task. Typically, people accept informal and incomplete descriptions of programs. These are used for "finding your way around" a large program, perhaps to identify troublesome parts. If formal correctness techniques are used at all, it will only be once suspect areas have been identified informally. This report presents a computer system that compares a LISP program with a description of the program written in a subset of English. The system interprets the English text; compares its interpretation with the code, using techniques concerned with superficial characteristics of the interpretation; investigates its comparison in detail using more formal techniques; and finally produces a documented version of the program, a brief report on how the specifications are implemented, and a database of detailed assertions about how the program and the specifications correspond.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer software & programming Computer software