Ambiguity in Requirements Specification

  • Daniel M. Berry
  • Erik Kamsties
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 753)


This chapter identifies the problem of ambiguity in natural language requirements specifications. After observing that ambiguity in natural language specifications is inescapable when producing computer-based system specifications, a dictionary, linguistic, and software engineering definitions of ambiguity are given. The chapter describes a full range of techniques and tools for avoiding and detecting ambiguity.


Natural Language Software Requirement Requirement Document Lexical Ambiguity Concept Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel M. Berry
    • 1
  • Erik Kamsties
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Software Systems EngineeringUniversity of EssenEssenGermany

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