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Title: Evidence of software inspection on feature specification for software product lines
Other Titles: Journal of Systems and Software
Authors: Souza, Iuri Santos
Gomes, Gecynalda Soares da Silva
Silveira Neto, Paulo Anselmo da Mota
Machado, Ivan do Carmo
Almeida, Eduardo Santana de
Meira, Silvio Romero de Lemos
Keywords: Software quality control;Software inspection;Software product lines;Empirical study
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Journal of Systems and Software
Abstract: In software product lines (SPL), scoping is a phase responsible for capturing, specifying and modeling features, and also their constraints, interactions and variations. The feature specification task, performed in this phase, is usually based on natural language, which may lead to lack of clarity, non-conformities and defects. Consequently, scoping analysts may introduce ambiguity, inconsistency, omissions and non-conformities. In this sense, this paper aims at gathering evidence about the effects of applying an inspection approach to feature specification for SPL. Data from a SPL reengineering project were analyzed in this work and the analysis indicated that the correction activity demanded more effort. Also, Pareto's principle showed that incompleteness and ambiguity reported higher non-conformity occurrences. Finally, the Poisson regression analysis showed that sub-domain risk information can be a good indicator for prioritization of sub-domains in the inspection activity. Highlights We characterized the software inspection activity on features specifications in an industrial SPL project. The inspection activity reported incompleteness as the main non-conformity type found on features specifications. Correction was the most burdensome SPL Inspection task.Optional features presented higher non-conformity density than mandatory features.The risk attribute enabled to build a predictive model for estimating non-conformities in features specifications.
Description: p. 1172–1190
URI: http://repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/13824
ISSN: 0164-1212
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