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.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)
References in periodicals archive ?
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. Placing it at the end of the book, however, reduces the potency and importance of the final summary.
Tables only include the contribution of significant factors to the model and the slope b corresponds to the model after stepwise backward analysis (level of significance P [less than] 0.1).
(ss.)Slope (only given for significant effects after stepwise backward analysis).
The first phase, called the marking phase, is a backward analysis during which all guessed queries are marked.
The preceding strategy of using a preparatory backward analysis in order to reduce the analysis effort of the original forward analysis is not limited to the problem of constant propagation.