Algorithm Specification from an Integrated View of Features

R. Yoshioka, H. Saito, K. Takanashi, and N. Mirenkov (Japan)


Algorithm design, software design, visual programming, and programming languages


Conventional programming languages are based on command sets oriented to computers so as to effectively compile source code; therefore, additional effort is required in creating and understanding programs in these languages when a user’s idea of computation is at the application level. Our research is related to a new representation of programs, called the Integrated View, in which computation is specified through their algorithmic features. This representation is oriented to the algorithmic meaning of computation and to the user’s idea of computation. In this paper, an editor to specify algorithms in this representation will be presented. This representation and corresponding editor are aimed at assisting programmers, scientists, and educators in representing and communicating their algorithmic ideas.

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