Converting One Type-Based Abstract Domain to Another

John Patrick Gallagher, German Puebla, Elvira Albert

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The specific problem that motivates this paper is how to obtain abstract descriptions of the meanings of imported predicates (such as built-ins) that can be used when analysing a module of a logic program with respect to some abstract domain. We assume that abstract descriptions of the imported predicates are available in terms of some ``standard" assertions. The first task is to define an abstract domain corresponding to the assertions for a given module and express the descriptions as objects in that domain. Following that they are automatically transformed into the analysis domain of interest. We develop a method which has been applied in order to generate call and success patterns from the Ciaopp assertions for built-ins, for any given regular type-based domain. In the paper we present the method as an instance of the more general problem of mapping elements of one abstract domain to another, with as little loss in precision as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pages (from-to)147-162
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Workshop on Logic Program Synthesis and Transformation (LOPSTR) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20059 Sep 2005


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Logic Program Synthesis and Transformation (LOPSTR)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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