Ireland, Andrew, Grov, Gudmund, Llano, Maria Teresa and Butler, Michael
Reasoned modelling critics: turning failed proofs into modelling guidance
[in special issue: Abstract State Machines, Alloy, B and Z - Selected Papers from ABZ 2010]
Science of Computer Programming, 78, (3), . (doi:10.1016/j.scico.2011.03.006).
The activities of formal modelling and reasoning are closely related. But while the rigour of building formal models brings significant benefits, formal reasoning remains a major barrier to the wider acceptance of formalism within design. Here we propose reasoned modelling critics — an approach which aims to abstract away from the complexities of low-level proof obligations, and provide high-level modelling guidance to designers when proofs fail. Inspired by proof planning critics, the technique combines proof-failure analysis with modelling heuristics. Here, we present the details of our proposal, implement them in a prototype and outline future plans.
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