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Context-Moving Transformations for Function Veri cation Jurgen Giesl

Summary: Context-Moving Transformations for Function Veri cation 
Jurgen Giesl
Department of Computer Science, Darmstadt University of Technology
Alexanderstr. 10, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany
E-mail: giesl@informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Several induction theorem provers have been developed which support mechanized
veri cation of functional programs. Unfortunately, a major problem is that they often fail
in verifying tail recursive functions (which correspond to imperative programs). However,
in practice imperative programs are used almost exclusively.
We present an automatic transformation to tackle this problem. It transforms func-
tions which are hard to verify into functions whose correctness can be shown by the exist-
ing provers. In contrast to classical program transformations, the aim of our technique is
not to increase eÆciency, but to increase veri ability. Therefore, this paper introduces a
novel application area for program transformations and it shows that such techniques can
in fact solve some of the most urgent current challenge problems in automated veri cation
and induction theorem proving.
1 Introduction
To guarantee the correctness of programs, a formal veri cation is required. However, mathe-
matical correctness proofs are usually very expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, program


Source: Ábrahám, Erika - Fachgruppe Informatik, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences