Automatic generation of program specifications

@inproceedings{Nimmer2002AutomaticGO,
  title={Automatic generation of program specifications},
  author={Jeremy W. Nimmer and Michael D. Ernst},
  booktitle={ISSTA},
  year={2002}
}
Producing specifications by dynamic (runtime) analysis of program executions is potentially unsound, because the analyzed executions may not fully characterize all possible executions of the program. In practice, how accurate are the results of a dynamic analysis? This paper describes the results of an investigation into this question, determining how much specifications generalized from program runs must be changed in order to be verified by a static checker. Surprisingly, small test suites… CONTINUE READING
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  • Measured against this verification task, the generated specifications scored over 90% on precision, a measure of soundness, and on recall, a measure of completeness.

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