Using the event calculus to reason about problem diagrams

Classen, Andreas; Laney, Robin; Tun, Thein Than; Heymans, Patrick and Hubaux, Arnaud (2008). Using the event calculus to reason about problem diagrams. In: Proceedings of the 3rd international workshop on applications and advances of problem frames, May 2008, Leipzig, Germany.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/1370811.1370826

URL: http://mcs.open.ac.uk/ttt23/publications/AClassen-...

Abstract

Central to the problem frames approach is the distinction of three different descriptions: requirements R, domain assumptions W and specifications S, tied together with the so-called 'frame concern', a proof obligation that has to hold between them if a problem diagram is to be correct: S, W |- R. The form this proof should take is not fixed a priori. It might, however, be desirable to automate it in order to allow for an efficient analysis of large diagrams. To make this possible, we follow some earlier suggestions to use the Event Calculus as a suitable formalism for these descriptions. The main contribution of the present paper is a set of consistency rules as well as guidelines for passing from a problem diagram to its formal description.

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