backward analysis

backward analysis

(theory)
An analysis to determine properties of the inputs of a program from properties or context of the outputs. E.g. if the output of this function is needed then this argument is needed.

Compare forward analysis.
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Embedded analytics from the IMSL C library provide both backward analysis and forward predictions on collected data, while the robust graphics and visualization engine illustrates data sets using n-dimensional charts, heat maps and contour maps.
Embedded analytics from the IMSL C Library provide both backward analysis and forward predictions on collected data, while the PV-WAVE graphics and visualization engine efficiently illustrates data sets using n-dimensional charts, heat maps and contour maps.
To begin with the end, return to the beginning, and then start all over again becomes redundant; it would have been useful to have this ending chapter at the start of the book and then turn to a backward analysis.