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Inductive Assertions and Operational Semantics



1 Summary This paper connects two well-known approaches to program verification: operational semantics and inductive assertions. The paper shows how one can adopt the clarity and concreteness of a formal operational semantics while incurring just the proof obligations of the inductive assertion method, without writing a verification condition generator or other extra-logical tool. In particular, the formal definition of the state transition function can be used directly to generate verification conditions for annotated programs

Year: 2009
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