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An information retrieval technique, latent semantic indexing, is used to automatically identify traceability links from system documentation to program source code. The results of two experiments to identify links in existing software systems (i.e., the LEDA library, and Albergate) are presented. These results are compared with other similar type experimental results of traceability link identification using different types of information retrieval techniques. The method presented proves to give good results by comparison and additionally it is a low cost, highly flexible method to apply with regards to preprocessing and/or parsing of the source code and documentation.
Date of Conference: 3-10 May 2003