The Case for Dumb Requirements Engineering Tools

  • Daniel Berry
  • Ricardo Gacitua
  • Pete Sawyer
  • Sri Fatimah Tjong
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7195)


[Context and Motivation] This paper notes the advanced state of the natural language (NL) processing art and considers four broad categories of tools for processing NL requirements documents. These tools are used in a variety of scenarios. The strength of a tool for a NL processing task is measured by its recall and precision. [Question/Problem] In some scenarios, for some tasks, any tool with less than 100% recall is not helpful and the user may be better off doing the task entirely manually. [Principal Ideas/Results] The paper suggests that perhaps a dumb tool doing an identifiable part of such a task may be better than an intelligent tool trying but failing in unidentifiable ways to do the entire task. [Contribution] Perhaps a new direction is needed in research for RE tools.


Requirement Engineer Requirement Engineer Trace Link Intelligent Tool Lexical Similarity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Berry
    • 1
  • Ricardo Gacitua
    • 2
  • Pete Sawyer
    • 2
    • 4
  • Sri Fatimah Tjong
    • 3
  1. 1.Cheriton School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaterlooCanada
  2. 2.School of Computing and CommunicationsLancaster UniversityUK
  3. 3.University of Nottingham Malaysia CampusMalaysia
  4. 4.INRIA Paris — RocquencourtLe ChesnayFrance

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