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10. Correctness of programs
  • R. K. Shyamasundar
Series Article


In the previous article, we studied notions such as algorithmic universality, computability, and incomputability. In this article, we study the notion of correctness of programs, illustrate a method of establishing the correctness of programs and discuss issues in the development of correct software.


Formal Method Partial Correctness Intended Behaviour Input Domain Great Common Divisor 
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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science GroupTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia

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