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Automatic Generation of Polynomial Loop Invariants: Algebraic Foundations
 In International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation 2004 (ISSAC04
, 2004
"... This paper presents the algebraic foundation for an approach for generating polynomial loop invariants in imperative programs. It is first shown that the set of polynomials serving as loop invariants has the algebraic structure of an ideal. Using this connection, a procedure for finding loop invaria ..."
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This paper presents the algebraic foundation for an approach for generating polynomial loop invariants in imperative programs. It is first shown that the set of polynomials serving as loop invariants has the algebraic structure of an ideal. Using this connection, a procedure for finding loop invariants is given in terms of operations on ideals, for which Gröbner basis constructions can be employed. Most importantly, it is proved that if the assignment statements in a loop are solvable (in particular, affine) mappings with positive eigenvalues, then the procedure terminates in at most 2m + 1 iterations, where m is the number of variables in the loop. The proof is done by showing that the irreducible subvarieties of the variety associated with the polynomial ideal approximating the invariant polynomial ideal of the loop either stay the same or increase their dimension in every iteration. This yields a correct and complete algorithm for inferring conjunctions of polynomial equations as invariants. The method has been implemented in Maple using the Groebner package. The implementation has been used to automatically discover nontrivial invariants for several examples to illustrate the power of the techniques.
An abstract interpretation approach for automatic generation of polynomial invariants
 In 11th Static Analysis Symposium
, 2004
"... www.cs.unm.edu/~kapur Abstract. A method for generating polynomial invariants of imperative programs is presented using the abstract interpretation framework. It is shown that for programs with polynomial assignments, an invariant consisting of a conjunction of polynomial equalities can be automatic ..."
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www.cs.unm.edu/~kapur Abstract. A method for generating polynomial invariants of imperative programs is presented using the abstract interpretation framework. It is shown that for programs with polynomial assignments, an invariant consisting of a conjunction of polynomial equalities can be automatically generated for each program point. The proposed approach takes into account tests in conditional statements as well as in loops, insofar as they can be abstracted to be polynomial equalities and disequalities. The semantics of each statement is given as a transformation on polynomial ideals. Merging of paths in a program is defined as the intersection of the polynomial ideals associated with each path. For a loop junction, a widening operator based on selecting polynomials up to a certain degree is proposed. The algorithm for finding invariants using this widening operator is shown to terminate in finitely many steps. The proposed approach has been implemented and successfully tried on many programs. A table providing details about the programs is given. 1