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Canary: An Interactive and Query-Based Approach to Extract Requirements from Online Forums

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Publication date26/09/2017
Host publicationProceedings of the 25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherIEEE
Pages470-471
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538631911
ISBN (Print)9781538631928
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Interactions among stakeholders and engineers is key to Requirements engineering (RE). Increasingly, such interactions take place online, producing large quantities of qualitative (natural language) and quantitative (e.g., votes) data. Although a rich source of requirements-related information, extracting such information from online forums can be nontrivial.We propose Canary, a tool-assisted approach, to facilitate systematic extraction of requirements-related information from online forums via high-level queries. Canary (1) adds structure to natural language content on online forums using an annotation schema combining requirements and argumentation ontologies, (2) stores the structured data in a relational database, and (3) compiles high-level queries in Canary syntax to SQL queries that can be run on the relational database.We demonstrate key steps in Canary workflow, including (1) extracting raw data from online forums, (2) applying annotations to the raw data, and (3) compiling and running interesting Canary queries that leverage the social aspect of the data.

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