Specification mining: A concise introduction

David Lo, Siau Cheng Khoo, Chao Liu, Jiawei Han

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Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Many software systems are poorly documented. Developers tend to spend most of their time in developing functionalities rather than documenting them. This causes an issue as after some time it is hard to understand the existing system. A software maintenance task could be harder to perform as there is no documentations of existing functionalities. Indeed, past studies have shown that the cost of software maintenance could be up to 90% of the total software cost [22]. Another study reported that up to 50% of the maintenance cost could be attributed to the difficulty in understanding legacy/existing systems [12,27,67].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMining Software Specifications
Subtitle of host publicationMethodologies and Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781439806272
ISBN (Print)9781138114906
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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