Support for traceability management of software artefacts using natural language processing

A Arunthavanathan, S Shanmugathasan, S Ratnavel, V Thiyagarajah, I Perera, D Meedeniya, Dharini Balasubramaniam

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One of the major problems in software development process is managing software artefacts. While software evolves, inconsistencies between the artefacts do evolve as well. To resolve the inconsistencies in change management, a tool named “Software Artefacts Traceability Analyzer (SAT-Analyzer)” was introduced as the previous work of this research. Changes in software artefacts in requirement specification, Unified Modelling Language (UML) diagrams and source codes can be tracked with the help of Natural Language Processing (NLP) by creating a structured format of those documents. Therefore, in this research we aim at adding an NLP support as an extension to SAT-Analyzer. Enhancing the traceability links created in the SAT-analyzer tool is another focus due to artefact inconsistencies. This paper includes the research methodology and relevant research carried out in applying NLP for improved traceability management. Tool evaluation with multiple scenarios resulted in average Precision 72.22%, Recall 88.89% and F1 measure of 78.89% suggesting high accuracy for the domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference, MERCon 2016; Civil Engineering Complex, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, Moratuwa; Sri Lanka; 5 April 2016 through 6 April 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781509006458
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016
EventMoratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2016 - University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 5 Apr 20166 Apr 2016
Conference number: 2


ConferenceMoratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2016
Abbreviated titleMERCon
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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  • Natural language processing
  • Taxonomy
  • Traceability links
  • Traceability visualization


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