Recovering transitive traceability links among software artifacts

Kazuki Nishikawa, Hironori Washizaki, Yoshiaki Fukazawa, Keishi Oshima, Ryota Mibe

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    Abstract

    Although many methods have been suggested to automatically recover traceability links in software development, they do not cover all link combinations (e.g., links between the source code and test cases) because specific documents or artifact features (e.g., log documents and structures of source code) are used. In this paper, we propose a method called the Connecting Links Method (CLM) to recover transitive traceability links between two artifacts using a third artifact. Because CLM uses a different artifact as a document, it can be applied to kinds of various data. Basically, CLM recovers traceability links using the Vector Space Model (VSM) in Information Retrieval (IR) methods. For example, by connecting links between A and B and between B and C, CLM retrieves the link between A and C transitively. In this way, CLM can recover transitive traceability links when a suggested method cannot. Here we demonstrate that CLM can effectively recover links that VSM is hard using Open Source Software.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2015 IEEE 31st International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2015 - Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages576-580
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781467375320
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 19
    Event31st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2015 - Bremen, Germany
    Duration: 2015 Sep 292015 Oct 1

    Other

    Other31st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2015
    CountryGermany
    CityBremen
    Period15/9/2915/10/1

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    Keywords

    • connecting links
    • traceability link recovery
    • transitive traceability links

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software

    Cite this

    Nishikawa, K., Washizaki, H., Fukazawa, Y., Oshima, K., & Mibe, R. (2015). Recovering transitive traceability links among software artifacts. In 2015 IEEE 31st International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2015 - Proceedings (pp. 576-580). [7332517] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSM.2015.7332517