SUN Xiaobing, LI Bixin, LI Bin, CHEN Ying. SE-FCA: A Model of Software Evolution with Formal Concept Analysis[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2015, 24(1): 13-19.
Citation: SUN Xiaobing, LI Bixin, LI Bin, CHEN Ying. SE-FCA: A Model of Software Evolution with Formal Concept Analysis[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2015, 24(1): 13-19.

SE-FCA: A Model of Software Evolution with Formal Concept Analysis

Funds:  This work is supported partially by the Natural Science Foundation of the Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China (No.13KJB520027), the Open Funds of State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology of Nanjing University (No. KFKT2014B13), the Natural Science Foundation of China (No.61070133), and the Jiangsu Province Natural Science Fund (No.BK2010134).
  • Received Date: 2013-06-01
  • Rev Recd Date: 2013-07-01
  • Publish Date: 2015-01-10
  • Softwares are naturally evolved to cope with various changing system requirements. Software evolution includes a series of activities to analyze, assess, and validate the changes. This paper proposes an integrated software evolution model, namely SE-FCA, to support four core software evolution activities: program comprehension, change impact analysis, regression testing, and fault localization. These four activities are integrated and supported under the formal concept analysis technique, which is efficient to deal with the relation between entities and entity properties to provide a remarkable insight into the structure of the original relation. These activities are evaluated in a unified empirical environment. The empirical study shows the effectiveness of these activities under the SE-FCA model.
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