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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


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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 S

Editor(s): ME Orlowska

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Service-Oriented Computing - ICSOC 2003

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 303-318

ISSN: 0302-9743

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-24593-3_21

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISBN: 9783540206811