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Static program analysis is a key component of many software development tools, including compilers, development environments, and verification tools. Practical applications of static analysis have grown in recent years to include tools by companies such as Coverity, Fortify, GrammaTech, IBM, and others. Analyses are often expected to be sound in that their result models all possible executions of ... read morethe program under analysis. Soundness implies that the analysis computes an overapproximation in order to stay tractable; the analysis result will also model behaviors that do not actually occur in any program execution. The precision of an analysis is the degree to which it avoids such spurious results. Users expect analyses to be sound as a matter of course, and desire analyses to be as precise as possible, while being able to scale to large programs.
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- Livshits, Benjamin, Dimitrios Vardoulakis, Manu Sridharan, Yannis Smaragdakis, Ondřej Lhoták, J. Nelson Amaral, Bor-Yuh Evan Chang, Samuel Z. Guyer, Uday P. Khedker, and Anders Møller. "In Defense of Soundiness." Communications of the ACM 58, no. 2 (January 28, 2015): 44-46. doi:10.1145/2644805.