# Model-based specification

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**Short description**

**Model-based specification** is an approach to formal specification where the system specification is expressed as a system state model. This state model is constructed using well-understood mathematical entities such as sets and functions. System operations are specified by defining how they affect the state of the system model.

The most widely used notations for developing model-based specifications are VDM^{[1]}^{[2]} and Z^{[3]}^{[4]} (pronounced Zed, not Zee). These notations are based on typed set theory. Systems are therefore modelled using sets and relations between sets.

Another well-known approach to formal specification is algebraic specification.

## See also

## References

- ↑ Cliff B. Jones (1980).
*Software Development: A Rigorous Approach*. Prentice Hall International. ISBN 0-13-821884-6. https://archive.org/details/softwaredevelopm0000jone. - ↑ Cliff B. Jones (1986).
*Systematic Software Development using VDM*. Prentice Hall International. ISBN 0-13-880717-5. - ↑ Ian J. Hayes (May 1986). "Using mathematics to specify software". ASWEC-86. pp. 67–71. http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/~ianh/Papers/aswec.pdf.
- ↑ J. Michael Spivey (1992).
*The Z Notation: A reference manual*(2nd ed.). Prentice Hall International Series in Computer Science. ISBN 0-13-978529-9. http://spivey.oriel.ox.ac.uk/mike/zrm/. Retrieved 2010-10-24.

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