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Consistency and refinement for partial specification in Z

Boiten, Eerke Albert and Derrick, John and Bowman, Howard and Steen, Maarten (1996) Consistency and refinement for partial specification in Z. In: Gaudel, M.C. and Woodcock, Jim, eds. FME'96: Industrial Benefit and Advances in Formal Methods Third International Symposium of Formal Methods Europe Co-Sponsored by IFIP. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 287-306. ISBN 978-3-540-60973-5. E-ISBN 978-3-540-49749-3. (doi:10.1007/3-540-60973-3_93) (KAR id:21388)


This paper discusses theoretical background for the use of Z as a language for partial specification, in particular techniques for checking consistency between viewpoint specifications. The main technique used is unification, i.e. finding a (candidate) least common refinement. The corresponding notion of consistency between specifications turns out to be different from the known notions of consistency for single Z specifications. A key role is played by correspondence relations between the data types used in the various viewpoints.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/3-540-60973-3_93
Uncontrolled keywords: viewpoints; Z; consistency; State Consistency; Unification Method; State Schema; Unification Rule; Identity Relation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Eerke Boiten
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2009 21:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:59 UTC
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Boiten, Eerke Albert.

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Derrick, John.

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Bowman, Howard.

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Steen, Maarten.

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