On the Complexity of Flow-Sensitive Dataflow Analyses

@inproceedings{Muth2000OnTC,
  title={On the Complexity of Flow-Sensitive Dataflow Analyses},
  author={Robert Muth and Saumya K. Debray},
  booktitle={POPL},
  year={2000}
}
This paper attempts to address the question of why certain dataflow analysis problems can be solved efficiently, but not others. We focus on flow-sensitive analyses, and give a simple and general result that shows that analyses that require the use of relational attributes for precision must be PSPACE-hard in general. We then show that if the language constructs are slightly strengthened to allow a computation to maintain a very limited summary of what happens along an execution path, inter… CONTINUE READING
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