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The rewriting logic semantics project. (English) Zbl 1111.68068

Summary: Rewriting logic is a flexible and expressive logical framework that unifies algebraic denotational semantics and structural operational semantics in a novel way, avoiding their respective limitations and allowing succinct semantic definitions. The fact that a rewrite logic theory’s axioms include both equations and rewrite rules provides a useful “abstraction dial” to find the right balance between abstraction and computational observability in semantic definitions. Such semantic definitions are directly executable as interpreters in a rewriting logic language such as Maude, whose generic formal tools can be used to endow those interpreters with powerful program analysis capabilities.

MSC:

68Q55 Semantics in the theory of computing
68Q42 Grammars and rewriting systems
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