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The case for dumb requirements engineering tools

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Publication date2012
Host publicationRequirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 18th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2012, Essen, Germany, March 19-22, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsBjörn Regnell , Daniela Damian
Place of publicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages211-217
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-28713-8
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume7195
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Abstract

[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.