Galois connection based abstract interpretations for strictness analysis

  • Patrick Cousot
  • Radhia Cousot
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/BFb0039703

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 735)
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Cousot P., Cousot R. (1993) Galois connection based abstract interpretations for strictness analysis. In: Bjørner D., Broy M., Pottosin I.V. (eds) Formal Methods in Programming and Their Applications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 735. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The abstract interpretation framework based upon the approximation of a fixpoint collecting semantics using Galois connections and widening/narrowing operators on complete lattices [CC77a, CC79b] has been considered difficult to apply to Mycroft's strictness analysis [Myc80, Myc81] for which denotational semantics was though to be more adequate (because non-termination has to be taken into account), see e.g. [AH87], page 25.

Considering a non-deterministic first-order language, we show, contrary to expectation, and using the classical Galois connection-based framework, that Mycroft strictness analysis algorithm is the abstract interpretation of a relational semantics (a big-steps operational semantics including non-termination which can be defined in GSOS either in rule-based or fixpoint style by induction on the syntax of programs [CC92])

An improved version of Johnsson's algorithm [Joh81] is obtained by a subsequent dependence-free abstraction of Mycroft's dependence-sensitive method.

Finally, a compromise between the precision of dependence-sensitive algorithms and the efficiency of dependence-free algorithms is suggested using widening operators.


Abstract interpretation Relational semantics Strictness analysis Galois connection Dependence-free and dependence-sensitive analysis Widening 


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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Cousot
    • 1
  • Radhia Cousot
    • 2
  1. 1.LIENS, École Normale SupérieureParis cedex 05France
  2. 2.LIX, École PolytechniquePalaiseau cedexFrance

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