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Detecting missing requirements in conceptual models

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-259
Number of pages12
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Completeness of requirements has persisted as a challenge in software development projects. Particularly, in an iterative and incremental development process, only a small portion of requirements are specified before iterations start. Initial versions of the models may be developed in parallel whilst requirements elicitation is still ongoing. In this paper, we propose a metamodel approach for automating the detection of incompleteness in requirements during the conceptual modeling process. Our approach utilizes the metamodel information to allow the modeler to record explicitly each of the model's "known-unknowns", i.e. items of information which are needed to make the model complete, yet which cannot be inferred from the available requirements.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Known, Metamodel, Requirements, Unknown