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Dissecting widening: Separating termination from information

G Gange, JA Navas, P Schachte, H Søndergaard, PJ Stuckey

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Springer | Published : 2019

Abstract

Widening ensures or accelerates convergence of a program analysis, and sometimes contributes a guarantee of soundness that would otherwise be absent. In this paper we propose a generalised view of widening, in which widening operates on values that are not necessarily elements of the given abstract domain, although they must be in a correspondence, the details of which we spell out. We show that the new view generalizes the traditional view, and that at least three distinct advantages flow from the generalization. First, it gives a handle on “compositional safety”, the problem of creating widening operators for product domains. Second, it adds a degree of flexibility, allowing us to define v..

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