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Mathematical Notation in Formal Specification: Too Difficult for the Masses?
February 1996 (vol. 22 no. 2)
pp. 158-159

Abstract—The phrase "not much mathematics required" can imply a variety of skill levels. When this phrase is applied to computer scientists, software engineers, and clients in the area of formal specification, the word "much" can be widely misinterpreted with disastrous consequences. A small experiment in reading specifications revealed that students already trained in discrete mathematics and the specification notation performed very poorly; much worse than could reasonably be expected if formal methods proponents are to be believed.

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Index Terms:
Formal specification, mathematics, reading Z.
Kate Finney, "Mathematical Notation in Formal Specification: Too Difficult for the Masses?," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 158-159, Feb. 1996, doi:10.1109/32.485225
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