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Software systems have become more complex, with myriad features and multiple functionalities. A major challenge in developing and maintaining such complex software is to identify potential conflicts among its features. Feature interaction analysis becomes progressively more difficult as software's feature combinations and available scenarios increase. Software maintainers need to identify and analyze conflicts that can arise from feature modification requests. Our approach combines Use Case Maps with Formal Concept Analysis to assist maintainers in identifying feature modification impacts at the requirements level, without the need to examine the source code. We demonstrate the applicability of this approach using a teleommunication case study.

-- Daniel Amyot - 01 Apr 2008


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Title Feature Interaction Analysis: A Maintenance Perspective
Authors M. Shiri, J. Hassine, and J. Rilling
Type Conference
Conference/Journal Title 22nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Atlanta, USA
Editors R.E.K. Stirewalt, A. Egyed, and B. Fischer
Publisher ACM
Month November
Year 2007
Pages 437-440
DOI 10.1145/1321631.1321703
Keywords Change Impact Analysis, Feature Interaction, Formal Concept Analysis, Software Evolution, Use Case Maps
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Topic revision: r2 - 05 Nov 2009 - 21:44:32 - Azalia Shamsaei
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