Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Ferrari A., Spagnolo G. O., Dell'Orletta F. Mining commonalities and variabilities from natural language documents. In: SPLC 2013 - 17th International Software Product Line Conference (Tokyo, Japan, 26-30 August 2013). Proceedings, pp. 116 - 120. Tomoji Kishi (ed.). ACM, 2013.
A company who wishes to enter an established marked with a new, competitive product is required to analyse the product solutions of the competitors. Identifying and comparing the features provided by the other vendors might greatly help during the market analysis. However, mining common and variant features of from the publicly available documents of the competitors is a time consuming and error-prone task. In this paper, we suggest to employ a natural language processing approach based on textit{contrastive analysis} to identify commonalities and variabilities from the brochures of a group of vendors. We present a first step towards a practical application of the approach, in the the context of the market of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems.
URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2491634
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2491627.2491634
Subject Software Product Lines
Variability Mining

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