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Convergence Measures

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General methods of verification for programs defining infinite computataions rely on measuring progress or convergence of finite computations towards satisfying the specification. Traditionally, progress is measured using well-founded orderings, but this often involves syntactic transformations. Our main result is that program verification can take place by direct measurement of convergence for programs that are analytic (11) sets and specifications that are coanalytic (11) sets. We use orderings that are not well-founded, but that ensure well-foundedness of limits of finite trees. Our results can also be seen as a new approach to parts of descriptive set theory. In fact, Souslin's Theorem-that every set in 11∩∏11 is Borel-is a simple corollary of our main result.

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1990-03

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Cornell University

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computer science; technical report

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http://techreports.library.cornell.edu:8081/Dienst/UI/1.0/Display/cul.cs/TR90-1106

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