Automated requirements extraction for scientific software

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Requirements engineering is crucial for software projects, but formal requirements engineering is often ignored in scientific software projects. Scientists do not often see the benefit of directing their time and effort towards documenting requirements. Additionally, there is a lack of requirements engineering knowledge amongst scientists who develop software. We aim at helping scientists to easily recover and reuse requirements without acquiring prior requirements engineering knowledge. We apply an automated approach to extract requirements for scientific software from available knowledge sources, such as user manuals and project reports. The approach employs natural language processing techniques to match defined patterns in input text. We have evaluated the approach in three different scientific domains, namely seismology, building performance and computational fluid dynamics. The evaluation results show that 78-97% of the extracted requirement candidates are correctly extracted as early requirements.




Li, Y., Guzman, E., Tsiamoura, K., Schneider, F., & Bruegge, B. (2015). Automated requirements extraction for scientific software. In Procedia Computer Science (Vol. 51, pp. 582–591). Elsevier B.V.

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