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Comprehensibility of UML-based Formal Model ? A Series of Controlled Experiments

Razali, R and Snook, C. F. and Poppleton, M. R. (2007) Comprehensibility of UML-based Formal Model ? A Series of Controlled Experiments. In: 1st ACM International Workshop on Empirical Assessment of Software Engineering Languages and Technologies (WEASELTech) 2007.

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This paper summarises two controlled experiments conducted on a model that integrates the use of semi-formal notation, the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and a formal notation, B. The experiments assessed the comprehensibility of the model, namely UML-B. The first experiment compared the comprehensibility of a UML-B model and a B model. In the second experiment, the model was compared with an Event-B model, a new generation of B. The experiments assessed the ability of the model to present information and to promote problem domain understanding. The measurement focused on the efficiency in performing the comprehension tasks. The experiments employed a cross-over design and were conducted on third-year and masters students. The results suggest that the integration of semi-formal and formal notations expedites the subjects? comprehension tasks with accuracy even with limited hours of training.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 5 November 2007
Subjects:Methodology > Other
ID Code:442
Deposited By: Colin Snook
Deposited On:23 Jul 2012 12:18
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 12:18

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