On Product Comparison Matrices and Variability Models from a Product Comparison/Configuration Perspective

Nicolas Sannier 1 Guillaume Bécan 1 Sana Ben Nasr 1 Benoit Baudry 1
1 TRISKELL - Reliable and efficient component based software engineering
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : Comparators and configurators have now become common in our daily activities and are usually based on Product Comparison Matrices (PCMs) to present and compare features. Based on a previous analysis of 300+ PCMs from Wikipedia, we identify the limits of existing comparators, configurators and PCMs. Variability Models (VMs) have been extensively used through the last 20 years to provide a synthetic and formal way to represent a product line. As a consequence, using VMs instead of PCMs could tackle these limits and improve comparison and configuration activities. In this paper, we present 5 research questions that focus on using VMs to represent PCMs and their applications for comparators and configurators.
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Nicolas Sannier, Guillaume Bécan, Sana Ben Nasr, Benoit Baudry. On Product Comparison Matrices and Variability Models from a Product Comparison/Configuration Perspective. Journée lignes de produits - 2013, Nov 2013, Paris, France. ⟨hal-00915657⟩

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