Requirements Engineering

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 20–33 | Cite as

A Feasibility Study of Automated Natural Language Requirements Analysis in Market-Driven Development

  • Johan Natt och Dag
  • Björn Regnell
  • Pär Carlshamre
  • Michael Andersson
  • Joachim Karlsson
Original Article

In market-driven software development there is a strong need for support to handle congestion in the requirements engineering process, which may occur as the demand for short time-to-market is combined with a rapid arrival of new requirements from many different sources. Automated analysis of the continuous flow of incoming requirements provides an opportunity to increase the efficiency of the requirements engineering process. This paper presents empirical evaluations of the benefit of automated similarity analysis of textual requirements, where existing information retrieval techniques are used to statistically measure requirements similarity. The results show that automated analysis of similarity among textual requirements is a promising technique that may provide effective support in identifying relationships between requirements.

Key words:Automated analysis – COTS – Duplicate identification – Natural language – NLP – Similarity 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johan Natt och Dag
    • 1
  • Björn Regnell
    • 1
  • Pär Carlshamre
    • 2
  • Michael Andersson
    • 3
  • Joachim Karlsson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Communication Systems, Lund University, SwedenSE
  2. 2.Ericsson Radio Systems AB, Linköping, SwedenSE
  3. 3.Telelogic Technologies AB, Malmö, SwedenSE
  4. 4.Focal Point AB, Linköping, SwedenSE

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