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Software Synthesis using Automated Reasoning

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Software synthesis is a technique for automatically generating code from a given specification. The goal of software synthesis is to make software development easier while increasing both the productivity of the programmer and the correctness of the produced code. In this talk I will present an approach to synthesis that relies on the use of automated reasoning and decision procedures. First I will describe how to generalize decision procedures into predictable and complete synthesis procedures. Here completeness means that the procedure is guaranteed to find code that satisfies the given specification. I will illustrate the process of turning a decision procedure into a synthesis procedure using linear integer arithmetic as an example. Next I will outline a synthesis procedure for specifications given in the form of type constraints. The procedure takes into account polymorphic type constraints as well as code behavior. The procedure derives code snippets that use given library functions. I will conclude with an outlook on possible future research directions in synthesis and decision procedures for software reliability. I believe that these techniques can make programming easier and more reliable by combining program analysis, software synthesis, and automated reasoning.

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