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A Pattern Based Method for Simplifying a BPMN Process Model

Telematic Engineering Department, Escola de Enxeñaría de Telecomunicación, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Lagoas-Marcosende, 36.310 Vigo, Galicia, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(11), 2322; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9112322
Received: 26 April 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 4 June 2019 / Published: 5 June 2019
BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) is currently the preferred standard for the representation and analysis of business processes. The elaboration of these BPMN diagrams is usually carried out in an entirely manual manner. As a result of this human-driven process, it is not uncommon to find diagrams that are not in their most simplified version possible (regarding the number of elements). This work presents a fully automatic method to simplify a BPMN process model document. A two-phase iterative algorithm to achieve this simplification is described in detail. This algorithm follows a heuristic approach that makes intensive use of a Pattern Repository. This software element is concerned with the description of feasible reductions and its enactment. The critical concept lies in the discovery of small reducible patterns in the whole model and their substitution with optimised versions. This approach has been verified through a double validation testing in total 8102 cases taken from real world BPMN process models. Details for its implementation and usage by practitioners are provided in this paper along with a comparison with other existing techniques concerned with similar goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: BPMN; simplification; process BPMN; simplification; process
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Ramos-Merino, M.; Álvarez-Sabucedo, L.M.; Santos-Gago, J.M.; de Arriba-Pérez, F. A Pattern Based Method for Simplifying a BPMN Process Model. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2322.

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