Using Composition Trees to Model and Compare Software Process

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Title Using Composition Trees to Model and Compare Software Process
Author Wen, Larry; Tuffley, David; Rout, Terry Patrick
Publication Title Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination
Editor Rory V. O'Connor, Terry Rout, Fergal McCaffery, Alec Dorling
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Springer
Abstract Software processes described by natural languages are frequently ambiguous and it is usually difficult to compare the similarity and difference between one process defined in one standard and its counterpart defined in another standard. This paper proposes Composition Tree (CT) as a graphic language to model software process based on its purpose and expected outcomes. CT is a formal graphic notation originally designed for modeling component based software system. This paper demonstrates that CT can be a powerful notation to give a clear and unambiguous description of a software process as well. This paper also investigates an algorithm which can compare two CT-modeled processes and provide an intuitive view called a Comparison Composition Tree (CCT) to highlight the differences and similarities between the two processes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Springer Berlin Heidelberg. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at
ISBN 978-3-642-21232-1
Conference name 11th International Conference, SPICE 2011
Location Dublin, Ireland
Date From 2011-05-30
Date To 2011-06-01
Date Accessioned 2011-07-20
Language en_US
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Software Engineering
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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