A verification logic for rewriting logic

Narciso Martí-Oliet, Isabel Pita, José Luiz Fiadeiro, José Meseguer, Tom Maibaum

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This paper proposes the development of a logic for verifying properties of programs in rewriting logic. Rewriting logic is primarily a logic of change, in which deduction corresponds directly to computation, and not a logic to talk about change in a more indirect and global manner, such as the different modal and temporal logics that can be found in the literature. We start by defining a modal action logic (VLRL) in which rewrite rules are captured as actions. The main novelty of this logic is a topological modality associated with state constructors that allows us to reason about the structure of states, stating that the current state can be decomposed into regions satisfying certain properties. Then, on top of the modal logic, we define a temporal logic for reasoning about properties of the computations generated from rewrite theories, and demonstrate its potential by means of several examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-352
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Logic and Computation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


  • Modal action logic
  • Rewriting logic
  • Specification
  • Temporal logic
  • Verification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Logic


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