formal methods


Definition: A group of analytical approaches having mathematically precise foundation which can serve as a framework or adjunct for human engineering and design skills and experience.

See also formal verification, model checking.

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Paul E. Black, "formal methods", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: