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Hiding More of Hidden Algebra
 FM'99  Formal Methods
, 1999
"... This paper generalizes the hidden algebra approach to allow: (P1) operations with multiple hidden arguments, and (P2) defining behavioral equivalence with a subset of operations, in addition to the already present (P3) builtin data types, (P4) nondeterminism, (P5) concurrency, and (P6) noncongruen ..."
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This paper generalizes the hidden algebra approach to allow: (P1) operations with multiple hidden arguments, and (P2) defining behavioral equivalence with a subset of operations, in addition to the already present (P3) builtin data types, (P4) nondeterminism, (P5) concurrency, and (P6) noncongruent operations. All important results generalize, but more elegant formulations use the new institution in Section 5. Behavioral satisfaction appeared 1981 in [20], hidden algebra 1989 in [9], multiple hidden arguments 1992 in [1], congruent and behavioral operations in [1, 18], behavioral equivalence defined by a subset of operations in [1], and noncongruent operations in [5]; all this was previously integrated in [21], but this paper gives new examples, institutions, and results relating hidden algebra to information hiding. We assume familiarity with basics of algebraic specification, e.g., [11, 13].
Observer Complete Definitions are Behaviourally Coherent
 OBJ/CAFEOBJ/MAUDE AT FORMAL METHODS '99
, 1999
"... We consider observational specifications of statebased systems which incorporate the declaration of a distinguished set of observer operations. These observers determine an indistinguishability relation for states which is called "observational equality". An important requirement for the nono ..."
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We consider observational specifications of statebased systems which incorporate the declaration of a distinguished set of observer operations. These observers determine an indistinguishability relation for states which is called "observational equality". An important requirement for the nonobserver operations is the compatibility with the observational equality. In the CafeOBJ language (and in extended hidden algebra) this property is called "behavioural coherence". In this presentation we introduce the notion of an "observer complete definition" and we show that any (nonobserver) operation which is defined using this pattern is behaviourally coherent. We also discuss some consequences of this result for relating observational logic and extended hidden algebra semantics and for proving the correctness of observational implementations.
Behavioural Theories and The Proof of Behavioural Properties
, 1996
"... Behavioural theories are a generalization of firstorder theories where the equality predicate symbol is interpreted by a behavioural equality of objects (and not by their identity). In this paper we first consider arbitrary behavioural equalities determined by some (partial) congruence relation and ..."
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Behavioural theories are a generalization of firstorder theories where the equality predicate symbol is interpreted by a behavioural equality of objects (and not by their identity). In this paper we first consider arbitrary behavioural equalities determined by some (partial) congruence relation and we show how to reduce the behavioural theory of any class of algebras to (a subset of) the standard theory of some corresponding class of algebras. This reduction is the basis of a method for proving behavioural theorems whenever an axiomatization of the behavioural equality is provided. Then we focus on the important special case of (partial) observational equalities where two elements are observationally equal if they cannot be distinguished by observable computations over some set of input values. We provide general conditions under which an obvious infinite axiomatization of the observational equality can be replaced by a finitary one and we provide methodological guidelines for finding such...
Behavioural Satisfaction and Equivalence in Concrete Model Categories
, 1996
"... . We use the wellknown framework of concrete categories to show how much of standard universal algebra may be done in an abstract and still rather intuitive way. This is used to recast the unifying view of behavioural semantics of specications based on behavioural satisfaction and, respectively ..."
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. We use the wellknown framework of concrete categories to show how much of standard universal algebra may be done in an abstract and still rather intuitive way. This is used to recast the unifying view of behavioural semantics of specications based on behavioural satisfaction and, respectively, on behavioural equivalence of models abstracting away from many particular features of standard algebras. We also give an explicit representation of behavioural equivalence between models in terms of behavioural correspondences. 1 Introduction Behavioural semantics for specications plays a crucial role in the formalisation of the development process, where a specication need not be implemented exactly but only so that the required system behaviour is achieved  the idea goes back to [GGM76], [Hoa72]; see e.g. [ST95] for the context in which we view it now. There have been two basic approaches to behavioural semantics of speci cations. One introduces a new behavioural satisfaction o...
On Behavioural Abstraction and Behavioural Satisfaction in HigherOrder Logic
, 1996
"... The behavioural semantics of specifications with higherorder logical formulae as axioms is analyzed. A characterization of behavioural abstraction via behavioural satisfaction of formulae in which the equality symbol is interpreted as indistinguishability, which is due to Reichel and was recently g ..."
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The behavioural semantics of specifications with higherorder logical formulae as axioms is analyzed. A characterization of behavioural abstraction via behavioural satisfaction of formulae in which the equality symbol is interpreted as indistinguishability, which is due to Reichel and was recently generalized to the case of firstorder logic by Bidoit et al, is further generalized to this case. The fact that higherorder logic is powerful enough to express the indistinguishability relation is used to characterize behavioural satisfaction in terms of ordinary satisfaction, and to develop new methods for reasoning about specifications under behavioural semantics. 1 Introduction An important ingredient in the use of algebraic specifications to describe data abstractions is the concept of behavioural equivalence between algebras, which seems to appropriately capture the "black box" character of data abstractions, see e.g. [GGM76], [GM82], [ST87] and [ST95]. Roughly speaking (since there ...
Architectural specifications in CASL
, 1999
"... One of the most novel features of Casl, the Common Algebraic Specification Language, is the provision of socalled architectural specifications for describing the modular structure of software systems. A brief discussion of refinement of Casl specifications provides the setting for a presentation of ..."
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One of the most novel features of Casl, the Common Algebraic Specification Language, is the provision of socalled architectural specifications for describing the modular structure of software systems. A brief discussion of refinement of Casl specifications provides the setting for a presentation of the rationale behind architectural specifications. This is followed by some details of the features provided in Casl for architectural specifications, hints concerning their semantics, and simple results justifying their usefulness in the development process.
Correct Realizations of Interface Constraints with OCL
, 1999
"... We present an OCLlike formal notation for interface constraints, called ICL, suited to describe the required observable behavior of any correct interface implementation (provided by some class). The semantics of the ICL notation is defined by a translation to the observational logic institution. Fo ..."
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We present an OCLlike formal notation for interface constraints, called ICL, suited to describe the required observable behavior of any correct interface implementation (provided by some class). The semantics of the ICL notation is defined by a translation to the observational logic institution. For specifying constraints on classes we use a subset of OCL to express invariants and pre and postconditions on operations. The semantics of the OCL expressions is defined by a translation into an algebraic specification. Using these semantic foundations we introduce a formal correctness notion for implementation relations between interfaces and classes and we show how to prove implementation correctness by using observational proof techniques.
Global Development via Local Observational Construction Steps
, 2002
"... The way that refinement of individual "local" components of a specification relates to development of a "global" system from a specification of requirements is explored. Observational interpretation of specifications and refinements add expressive power and flexibility while bringing in some subtle ..."
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The way that refinement of individual "local" components of a specification relates to development of a "global" system from a specification of requirements is explored. Observational interpretation of specifications and refinements add expressive power and flexibility while bringing in some subtle problems. The results are instantiated in the context of Casl architectural specifications.
Toward ComponentOriented Formal Software Development: An Algebraic Approach (Extended Abstract)
"... Component based design and development of software is one of the most challenging issues in software engineering. In this paper, we adopt a somewhat simplified view of software components and discuss how they can be conveniently modeled in a framework that provides a modular approach to formal ..."
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Component based design and development of software is one of the most challenging issues in software engineering. In this paper, we adopt a somewhat simplified view of software components and discuss how they can be conveniently modeled in a framework that provides a modular approach to formal software development by means of stepwise refinements. In particular we take into account an observational interpretation of requirements specifications and study its impact on the definition of the semantics of specifications of (parametrized) components. Our study is carried out in the context of Casl architectural specifications.
Observational interpretation for CASL specifications
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, 2004
"... The way that refinement of individual “local” components of a specification relates to development of a “global” system from a specification of requirements is explored. Observational interpretation of specifications and refinements add expressive power and flexibility while bringing in some subtle ..."
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The way that refinement of individual “local” components of a specification relates to development of a “global” system from a specification of requirements is explored. Observational interpretation of specifications and refinements add expressive power and flexibility while bringing in some subtle problems. Our study of these issues is carried out in the context of Casl architectural specifications. We introduce a definition of observational equivalence for Casl models, leading to an observational semantics for architectural specifications for which we prove important properties. Overall, this fulfills the longstanding goal of complementing the standard semantics of Casl specifications with an observational view that supports observational refinement of specifications in combination with Caslstyle architectural design.