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QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014
  • Type: Technical Report
  • Topics: Measurement and Analysis
  • Description: This 2005 report describes a disciplined method and a related automated tool that can be used for the analysis of natural language requirements documents.

Abstract

Numerous tools and techniques are available for managing requirements. Many are designed to define requirements, provide configuration management, and control distribution. However, there are few automatic tools to support the quality analysis of natural language (NL) requirements. Ambiguity analysis and consistency and completeness verification are usually carried out by human reviewers who read requirements documents and look for defects. This clerical activity is boring, time consuming, and often ineffective. 

This report describes a disciplined method and a related automated tool that can be used for the analysis of NL requirements documents. The tool, called the Quality Analyzer for Requirements Specifications (QuARS), makes it easier to extract structured information and metrics for detecting linguistic inaccuracies and defects. 

QuARS allows requirements engineers to perform an initial parsing of requirements by automatically detecting potential linguistic defects that can cause ambiguity problems at later stages of software product development. The tool also provides support for the consistency and completeness analysis of the requirements.

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SEI

Lami, Giuseppe. QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7681

IEEE

Lami. Giuseppe, "QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7681

APA

Lami, Giuseppe. (2005). QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7681

CHI

Giuseppe Lami. QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7681

MLA

Lami, Giuseppe. 2005. QuARS: A Tool for Analyzing Requirement (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TR-014). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7681