Data-Driven Requirements Engineering: A Guided Tour

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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1375)


Data-driven approaches are becoming dominant in almost every single software engineering activity, and requirements engineering is not the exception. The analysis of data coming from several sources may indeed become an extremely useful input to requirements elicitation and management. However, benefits do not come for free. Techniques such as natural language processing and machine learning are difficult to master and require high-quality data and specific competences from different fields, whilst their generalization remains as a challenge. This paper introduces the main concepts behind data-driven requirements engineering, provides an overview of the state of the art in the field and identifies the main challenges to be addressed.


Requirements engineering Data-driven requirements engineering Feedback Natural language processing Software analytics Monitoring Decision-making Release planning 



This work is partially supported by the GENESIS project, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación under contract TIN2016-79269-R. The author wants to deeply thank Fabiano Dalpiaz, Silverio Martínez-Fernández and Marc Oriol for their comments and suggestions over a first draft of the paper.


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