Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert P. Graham, PhD
The use of formal specifications allows for a software system to be defined with stringent mathematical semantics and syntax via such tools as propositional calculus and set theory. There are many perceived benefits garnered from formal specifications, such as a thorough and in-depth understanding of the domain and system being specified and a reduction in user requirement ambiguity. Probably the greatest benefit of formal specifications, and that which is least capitalized upon, is that mathematical proof procedures can be used to test and prove internal consistency and syntactic correctness in an effort to ensure comprehensive validation and verification (V&V). The automation of the proof process will make formal methods far more attractive by reducing the time required and the effort involved in the V&V of software systems.
DTIC Accession Number
Thomson, Steven A., "Validation and Verification of Formal Specifications in Object-Oriented Software Engineering" (2000). Theses and Dissertations. 4869.