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formal methods

<mathematics, specification> Mathematically based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems.

Referentially transparent languages are amenable to symbolic manipulation allowing program transformation (e.g. changing a clear inefficient specification into an obscure but efficient program) and proof of correctness.

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(1996-05-15)

 


Nearby terms: FORMAL formal argument Formal Description Technique formal methods Formal Object Role Modeling Language formal review FORMAT-Fortran
 

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