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JSW 2012 Vol.7(3): 544-550 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.7.3.544-550

Dependency based Technique for Identifying the Ripple Effect of Requirements Evolution

YuQing Yan, ShiXian Li, and WeiJun Sun
Sun Yatsen University/Department of Computer Science,Guang Zhou,China Guangdong University of Foreign Studies/Cisco School of Informatics,Guang Zhou,China

Abstract—Requirements evolve continuously and inevitably. In order to effectively manage requirements change, an understanding from a quantitative perspective is needed in determining the extent of the propagation of the requirements as they evolve. In this paper, we first look back at the impact analysis in the software life cycle and give an overview of requirements dependencies. We present a generic algorithm for identifying requirements dependencies and the definitions that are adopted for this study.Using matrix theory on the requirements dependencies, we present the formulas of the ripple effects of requirements evolution and their properties. A typical example in structured analysis of M.Jackson is described to show the effectiveness of the method presented here.

Index Terms—requirements evolution; dependency; ripple effects

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Cite: YuQing Yan, ShiXian Li, and WeiJun Sun, "Dependency based Technique for Identifying the Ripple Effect of Requirements Evolution," Journal of Software vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 544-550, 2012.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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