Formulation of induction formulas in verification of prolog programs

  • Tadashi Kanamori
  • Hiroshi Fujita
Program Verification
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 230)


How induction formulas are formulated in verification of Prolog programs is described. The same problem for well-founded induction was investigated by Boyer and Moore in their verification system for terminating LISP programs (BMTP). The least fixpoint semantics of Prolog provides us with the advantages that computational induction can be easily applied and can generate simpler induction schemes. We investigate how computational induction is applied to a class of first order formulas called S-formulas, in which specifications in our verification system are described. In addition, we show how equivalence preserving program transformation can be utilized to merge induction schemes into a simpler one when more than two induction schemes are suggested.


Program Verification Induction Prolog Program Transformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadashi Kanamori
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Fujita
    • 1
  1. 1.Mitsubishi Electric CorporationCentral Research LaboratoryAmagasaki, HyogoJapan

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