Use of Information Retrieval and Data Mining Techniques for Requirements Traceability

  • Hayes, Jane (PI)

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Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) tracing of requirements to design, code, and/or test cases is difficult (often no mapping is provided). It must be done quickly and accurately, and often must shortly be redone on updated documents/artifacts. IV&V tools are needed to automate linking between levels of documents/artifacts vs. developer's tool that only record links during decomposition. Previous work by the PI and co-PI [RE03, RE04, MSR04, MSR05, USEKE, PROMISE] and others [Antoniol, Maletic, Huang] have demonstrated that information retrieval and data mining techniques can assist with the generation of dynamic links for establishing traceability between textual artifacts including source code, requirements and design specifications, and user's manuals. It is often the case, however, that an Independent Verification and validation (IV&V) agent is delivered an RTM (or partial RTM) from the developer, with the task of evaluating the quality and completeness of the RTM (as opposed to building one from scratch). There has been no prior work, to our knowledge, on the assessment of existing RTMs to determine: a) completeness, b) accuracy, and c) satisfaction. We propose to undertake such research.
Effective start/end date9/15/059/14/06


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