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Model Checking Correctness Properties of Electronic Contracts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ellis SolaimanORCiD, Dr Carlos Molina-Jimenez, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava



Converting a conventional contract into an electronic equivalent is not trivial. The difficulties are caused by the ambiguities that the original human-oriented text is likely to contain. In order to detect and remove these ambiguities the contract needs to be described in a mathematically precise notation before the description can be subjected to rigorous analysis. This paper identifies and discusses a list of correctness requirements that a typical executable business contract should satisfy. Next the paper shows how relevant parts of standard conventional contracts can be described by means of Finite State Machines (FSMs). Such a description can then be subjected to model checking. The paper demonstrates this using Promela language and the Spin validator.

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Author(s): Solaiman E, Molina-Jimenez C, Shrivastava SK

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2003

Pages: 14

Print publication date: 01/07/2003

Source Publication Date: July 2003

Report Number: 811

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne