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A survey of program transformation with special reference to unfold/fold style program development

Madden, Peter

MPI-I-94-252. October 1994, 36 pages. | Status: available - back from printing | Next --> Entry | Previous <-- Entry

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This paper consists of a survey of current, and past,
work on *program transformation* for the purpose
of optimization. We first discuss some of the general
methodological frameworks for program modification,
such as *analogy*, *explanation based
learning*, *partial evaluation*, *proof
theoretic optimization*, and the *unfold/fold*
technique. These frameworks are not mutually
exclusive, and the latter, unfold/fold, is certainly
the most widely used technique, in various guises,
for program transformation. Thus we shall often have
occasion to: compare the relative merits of systems
that employ the technique in some form, *and*;
compare the unfold/fold systems with those that
employ alternative techniques. We also include (and
compare with unfold/fold) a brief survey of recent
work concerning the use of *formal methods* for
program transformation.

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  AUTHOR = {Madden, Peter},
  TITLE = {A survey of program transformation with special reference to unfold/fold style program development},
  TYPE = {Research Report},
  INSTITUTION = {Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Informatik},
  ADDRESS = {Im Stadtwald, D-66123 Saarbr{\"u}cken, Germany},
  NUMBER = {MPI-I-94-252},
  MONTH = {October},
  YEAR = {1994},
  ISSN = {0946-011X},