Proving the correctness of algorithmic debugging for funtional programs

Luo, Y. and Chitil, Olaf (2007) Proving the correctness of algorithmic debugging for funtional programs. In: Nilsson, Henrik, ed. Trends in Functional Programming. Trends in Functional Programming, 7 . Intellect UK, United States, pp. 19-34. ISBN 978-1841501888 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper formally presents a model of tracing for functional programs based on a small-step operational semantics. The model records the computation of a functional program in a graph which can be utilised for various purposes such as algorithmic debugging. The main contribution of this paper is to prove the correctness of algorithmic debugging for functional programs based on the model. Although algorithmic debugging for functional programs is implemented in several tracers such as Hat, the correctness has not been formally proved before. The difficulty of the proof is to find a suitable induction principle and a more general induction hypothesis.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2008 16:14
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 09:45
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3558 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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