Inductive invariant generation via abductive inference

@inproceedings{Dillig2013InductiveIG,
  title={Inductive invariant generation via abductive inference},
  author={Isil Dillig and Thomas Dillig and Boyang Li and Kenneth L. McMillan},
  booktitle={OOPSLA},
  year={2013}
}
This paper presents a new method for generating inductive loop invariants that are expressible as boolean combinations of linear integer constraints. The key idea underlying our technique is to perform a backtracking search that combines Hoare-style verification condition generation with a logical abduction procedure based on quantifier elimination to speculate candidate invariants. Starting with true, our method iteratively strengthens loop invariants until they are inductive and strong enough… CONTINUE READING
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