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Abstraction

  • V. S. Alagar
  • K. Periyasamy
Part of the Graduate Texts in Computer Science book series (TCS)

Abstract

The concept of abstraction is imprecise. It cannot possibly be defined, but the notion of abstraction can be explained, illustrated, modeled, and understood. The goal of this chapter is to discuss the different kinds of abstraction that have been proposed in mathematics and computer science and to emphasize the necessity of abstractions and difficulty of bringing out abstraction for software engineering.

Keywords

Turing Machine Data Abstraction Software Development Process Abstract Machine Abstraction Process 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. S. Alagar
    • 1
  • K. Periyasamy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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