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Formalizing Semantics with an Automatic Program Verifier


A common belief is that formalizing semantics of programming languages requires the use of a proof assistant providing (1) a specification language with advanced features such as higher-order logic, inductive definitions, type polymorphism, and (2) a corresponding proof environment where higher-order and inductive reasoning can be performed, typically with user interaction. In this paper we show that such a formalization is nowadays possible inside a mostly-automatic program verification environment. We substantiate this claim by formalizing several semantics for a simple language, and proving their equivalence, inside the Why3 environment.
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hal-01067197 , version 1 (23-09-2014)


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Martin Clochard, Jean-Christophe Filliâtre, Claude Marché, Andrei Paskevich. Formalizing Semantics with an Automatic Program Verifier. 6th Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools and Experiments (VSTTE), Jul 2014, Vienna, Austria. ⟨hal-01067197⟩
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