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Information 2018, 9(9), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9090222

Semantic Clustering of Functional Requirements Using Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering

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Information Technology Department, Mutah University, Mutah 61710, Jordan
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LIRMM Lab, University of Montpellier, 34000 Montpellier, France
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Department of Computer Science, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma’an 20, Jordan
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Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 25 August 2018 / Accepted: 29 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2018))
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Abstract

Software applications have become a fundamental part in the daily work of modern society as they meet different needs of users in different domains. Such needs are known as software requirements (SRs) which are separated into functional (software services) and non-functional (quality attributes). The first step of every software development project is SR elicitation. This step is a challenge task for developers as they need to understand and analyze SRs manually. For example, the collected functional SRs need to be categorized into different clusters to break-down the project into a set of sub-projects with related SRs and devote each sub-project to a separate development team. However, functional SRs clustering has never been considered in the literature. Therefore, in this paper, we propose an approach to automatically cluster functional requirements based on semantic measure. An empirical evaluation is conducted using four open-access software projects to evaluate our proposal. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach identifies semantic clusters according to well-known used measures in the subject. View Full-Text
Keywords: requirements elicitation; functional requirements; semantic clustering; hierarchical clustering; software requirement specifications requirements elicitation; functional requirements; semantic clustering; hierarchical clustering; software requirement specifications
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Eyal Salman, H.; Hammad, M.; Seriai, A.-D.; Al-Sbou, A. Semantic Clustering of Functional Requirements Using Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering. Information 2018, 9, 222.

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