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Essential Concepts of Algebraic Specification and Program Development
, 1996
"... The main ideas underlying work on the modeltheoretic foundations of algebraic specification and formal program development are presented in an informal way. An attempt is made to offer an overall view, rather than new results, and to focus on the basic motivation behind the technicalities presente ..."
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The main ideas underlying work on the modeltheoretic foundations of algebraic specification and formal program development are presented in an informal way. An attempt is made to offer an overall view, rather than new results, and to focus on the basic motivation behind the technicalities presented elsewhere.
Observational logic
 IN ALGEBRAIC METHODOLOGY AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY (AMAST'98
, 1999
"... We present an institution of observational logic suited for statebased systems specifications. The institution is based on the notion of an observational signature (which incorporates the declaration of a distinguished set of observers) and on observational algebras whose operations are required ..."
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We present an institution of observational logic suited for statebased systems specifications. The institution is based on the notion of an observational signature (which incorporates the declaration of a distinguished set of observers) and on observational algebras whose operations are required to be compatible with the indistinguishability relation determined by the given observers. In particular, we introduce a homomorphism concept for observational algebras which adequately expresses observational relationships between algebras. Then we consider a flexible notion of observational signature morphism which guarantees the satisfaction condition of institutions w.r.t. observational satisfaction of arbitrary firstorder sentences. From the proof theoretical point of view we construct a sound and complete proof system for the observational consequence relation. Then we consider structured observational specifications and we provide a sound and complete proof system for such specifications by using a general, institutionindependent result of [6].
Toward formal development of ML programs: foundations and methodology
, 1989
"... A formal methodology is presented for the systematic evolution of modular Standard ML programs from specifications by means of verified refinement steps, in the framework of the Extended ML specification language. Program development proceeds via a sequence of design (modular decomposition), codi ..."
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A formal methodology is presented for the systematic evolution of modular Standard ML programs from specifications by means of verified refinement steps, in the framework of the Extended ML specification language. Program development proceeds via a sequence of design (modular decomposition), coding and refinement steps. For each of these three kinds of steps, conditions are given which ensure the correctness of the result. These conditions seem to be as weak as possible under the constraint of being expressible as "local" interface matching requirements. Interfaces are only required to match up to behavioural equivalence, which is seen as vital to the use of data abstraction in program development. Copyright c fl 1989 by D. Sannella and A. Tarlecki. All rights reserved. An extended abstract of this paper will appear in Proc. Colloq. on Current Issues in Programming Languages, Joint Conf. on Theory and Practice of Software Development (TAPSOFT), Barcelona, Springer LNCS (1989)....
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 ...
Observational Specifications and the Indistinguishability Assumption
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1995
"... To establish the correctness of some software w.r.t. its formal specification is widely recognized as a difficult task. A first simplification is obtained when the semantics of an algebraic specification is defined as the class of all algebras which correspond to the correct realizations of the spec ..."
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To establish the correctness of some software w.r.t. its formal specification is widely recognized as a difficult task. A first simplification is obtained when the semantics of an algebraic specification is defined as the class of all algebras which correspond to the correct realizations of the specification. A software is then declared correct if it corresponds to some algebra of this class. We approach this goal by defining an observational satisfaction relation which is less restrictive than the usual satisfaction relation. Based on this notion we provide an institution for observational specifications. The idea is that the validity of an equational axiom should depend on an observational equality, instead of the usual equality. We show that it is not reasonable to expect an observational equality to be a congruence. We define an observational algebra as an algebra equipped with an observational equality which is an equivalence relation but not necessarily a congruence. We assume th...
Proving Behavioural Theorems with Standard FirstOrder Logic
 In Proc. of ALP'94
, 1994
"... . Behavioural logic is a generalization of firstorder logic where the equality predicate is interpreted by a behavioural equality of objects (and not by their identity). We establish simple and general su#cient conditions under which the behavioural validity of some firstorder formula with respect ..."
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. Behavioural logic is a generalization of firstorder logic where the equality predicate is interpreted by a behavioural equality of objects (and not by their identity). We establish simple and general su#cient conditions under which the behavioural validity of some firstorder formula with respect to a given firstorder specification is equivalent to the standard validity of the same formula in a suitably enriched specification. As a consequence any proof system for firstorder logic can be used to prove the behavioural validity of firstorder formulas. 1 Introduction Observability plays a prominent role in formal software development, since it provides a suitable basis for defining adequate correctness concepts. For instance, for proving the correctness of a program with respect to a given specification, many examples show that it is essential to abstract from internal implementation details and to rely only on the observable behaviour of the program. A similar situation is the not...
Proving the Correctness of Behavioural Implementations
 Proc. AMAST '95, Springer LNCS 936
, 1995
"... . We introduce a concept of behavioural implementation for algebraic specifications which is based on an indistinguishability relation (called behavioural equality). The central objective of this work is the investigation of proof rules that first allow us to establish the correctness of behavioural ..."
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. We introduce a concept of behavioural implementation for algebraic specifications which is based on an indistinguishability relation (called behavioural equality). The central objective of this work is the investigation of proof rules that first allow us to establish the correctness of behavioural implementations in a modular way and moreover are practicable enough to induce proof obligations that can be discharged with existing theorem provers. Our proof technique can also be applied for proving abstractor implementations in the sense of Sannella and Tarlecki. 1 Introduction Algebraic specification techniques allow one to formalize correctness notions for program development steps. Thereby an important role is played by observability concepts since it is often essential to abstract from internal implementation details and to rely only on the observable behaviour of programs. Many approaches in the literature have considered behavioural concepts (cf. e.g. [GM 82], [R 87], [ST 88], ...