Reasoned modelling critics: turning failed proofs into modelling guidance

Ireland, Andrew, Grov, Gudmund, Llano, Maria Teresa and Butler, Michael (2011) 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), pp. 293-309. (doi:10.1016/j.scico.2011.03.006).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.scico.2011.03.006
Venue - Dates: ABZ 2010, Canada, 2010-02-01
Keywords: reasoned modelling, formal methods, formal modelling, formal verification, automated reasoning, artificial intelligence
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 272047
Date :
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9 April 2011e-pub ahead of print
1 March 2013Published
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2011 15:51
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 18:01
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