Impact of Footprinting on Model Quality: An Experimental Evaluation

Cédric Jeanneret 1 Martin Glinz 1 Benoit Baudry 2 Benoit Combemale 2
2 TRISKELL - Reliable and efficient component based software engineering
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
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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Cédric Jeanneret, Martin Glinz, Benoit Baudry, Benoit Combemale. Impact of Footprinting on Model Quality: An Experimental Evaluation. MODEL-DRIVEN REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING (MoDRE) WORKSHOP AT RE 2012, Sep 2012, Chicago, Illinois, United States. pp.78-87. ⟨hal-00722036⟩

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