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Impact of footprinting on model quality: an experimental evaluation


Jeanneret, Cédric; Glinz, Martin; Baudry, Benoit; Combemale, Benoit (2012). Impact of footprinting on model quality: an experimental evaluation. In: MoDRE 2012 - Second International Workshop on Model-Driven Requirements Engineering (MoDRE), Chicago, IL, USA, 24 September 2012 - 24 September 2012, 77-86.

Abstract

When modeling requirements, software analysts have to choose the relevant modeling constructs among all those available. If they do not choose the right set, their model may lack some important information or their model may contain many superfluous details. In previous work, we proposed to capture the purpose of a model with a set of model operations such as queries or model transformations. Then, modelers can analyze the footprints of these operations, that is, the set of model elements touched during their execution.In this paper, we report on two controlled experiments performed with students to evaluate whether footprinting can help them in creating better models. While our studies did not demonstrate statistically significant benefits of footprinting, they reveal the importance of training and tool support for the analysis of footprints.

Abstract

When modeling requirements, software analysts have to choose the relevant modeling constructs among all those available. If they do not choose the right set, their model may lack some important information or their model may contain many superfluous details. In previous work, we proposed to capture the purpose of a model with a set of model operations such as queries or model transformations. Then, modelers can analyze the footprints of these operations, that is, the set of model elements touched during their execution.In this paper, we report on two controlled experiments performed with students to evaluate whether footprinting can help them in creating better models. While our studies did not demonstrate statistically significant benefits of footprinting, they reveal the importance of training and tool support for the analysis of footprints.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:24 September 2012
Deposited On:11 Dec 2012 14:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:07
ISBN:978-1-4673-4388-6
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/MoDRE.2012.6360077
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7189

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