Searching Critical Values for Floating-Point Programs

  • Hélène Collavizza
  • Claude Michel
  • Michel RueherEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9976)


Programs with floating-point computations are often derived from mathematical models or designed with the semantics of the real numbers in mind. However, for a given input, the computed path with floating-point numbers may significantly differ from the path corresponding to the same computation with real numbers. As a consequence, developers do not know whether the program can actually produce very unexpected outputs. We introduce here a new constraint-based approach that searches for test cases in the part of the over-approximation where errors due to floating-point arithmetic could lead to unexpected decisions.



This work was partially supported by ANR COVERIF (ANR-15-CE25-0002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hélène Collavizza
    • 1
  • Claude Michel
    • 1
  • Michel Rueher
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of Nice–Sophia AntipolisSophia Antipolis CedexFrance

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