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Towards a Mechanisation of a Logic that Copes with Partial Terms

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Cliff JonesORCiD, Matthew Lovert, Dr Jason Steggles



It has been pointed out by a number of authors that partial terms (i.e. terms that can fail to denote a value) arise frequently in the specification and development of programs. Furthermore, earlier papers describe and argue for the use of a non-classical logic (the "Logic of Partial Functions") to facilitate sound and convenient reasoning about such terms. This paper addresses some of the issues that arise in trying to provide (semi-)decision procedures -such as resolution- for such a logic. Particular care is needed with the use of "proof by refutation". The paper is grounded on a semantic model.

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Author(s): Jones CB, Lovert MJ, Steggles LJ

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2012

Pages: 24

Print publication date: 01/02/2012

Source Publication Date: February 2012

Report Number: 1314

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

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne