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In computer science, abstract interpretation is a theory of sound approximation of the semantics of computer programs, based on monotonic functions over ordered sets, especially lattices. It can be viewed as a partial execution of a computer program which gains information about its semantics (e.g., control-flow, data-flow) without performing all the calculations.
- inside compilers, to analyse programs to decide whether certain optimizations or transformations are applicable;
- for debugging or even the certification of programs against classes of bugs.