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Applying Information-Retrieval Methods to Software Reuse: A Case Study

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Authors
Stierna, Eric J.
Rowe, Neil C.
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requirements
matching
information retrieval
document similarity
reuse
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2003-01
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January 2003
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Reuse of existing software for new purposes is a key aspect of efficient software engineering. But finding opportunities for reuse can be difficult when building a large software system with pieces of a large previous system. Our approach is to match formal written “requirements” used to define the new software against requirements used to define the old software; requirement pairs with words in common suggest software-reuse opportunities. We explored two matching methodologies that use information-retrieval techniques. We tested our methods by comparing two U.S. military systems, the Aviation Mission Planning System and the Joint Mission Planning System. Our second tool reduced the time to find 50% of the matching requirements by 99.4% compared to manual matching.
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Conference Paper
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Information Processing and Management, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2003), 67-74
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Computer Science (CS)
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Information Processing and Management, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2003), 67-74
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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