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Minimizing ambiguity in natural language software requirements specification

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2 Author(s)
Umber, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & IT, Islamia Univ. of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan ; Bajwa, I.S.

Software requirements are typically captured in natural languages (NL) such as English and then analyzed by software engineers to generate a formal software design/model (such as UML model). However, English is syntactically ambiguous and semantically inconsistent. Hence, the English specifications of software requirements can not only result in erroneous and absurd software designs and implementations but the informal nature of English is also a main obstacle in machine processing of English specification of the software requirements. To address this key challenge, there is need to introduce a controlled NL representation for software requirements to generate accurate and consistent software models. In this paper, we report an automated approach to generate Semantic of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) standard based controlled representation of English software requirement specification. The SBVR based controlled representation can not only result in accurate and consistent software models but also machine process able because SBVR has pure mathematical foundation. We also introduce a java based implementation of the presented approach that is a proof of concept.

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Digital Information Management (ICDIM), 2011 Sixth International Conference on

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26-28 Sept. 2011

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