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Ontology-based quality attributes prediction in component-based development.

  Despite the success that Component-Based Development (CBD) has achieved so far, component
mismatch remains as a big obstacle for wider and smoother component reuse. Mismatch refers that the
selected component does not satisfy the functional requirements, or that it fails the user’s expectation in
terms of the Quality Attributes (QAs) of the component-based system. This allows us the potential to
predict the quality attributes of a software system by analysing the result of component retrieval. In this
paper, applicable quality attributes for prediction are selected by investigating existing software quality
attributes. A novel ontology-based approach was proposed to achieve precise component retrieval and
quality attribute prediction. The approach contains three steps: the first is to develop a Quality Attributes
Oriented Component Specification ontology model (QAOCS), where applicable QAs related knowledge of
application domains were integrated into the ontology. The second is to establish an ontology-based QAs
oriented component retrieval method to retrieve components according to the reuse requirements. The
third is to predict the quality attributes of component-based system on the basis of the matching
information. Based on these three steps, a prototype tool with an example component repository was built
to verify and scale up the approach.

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    30 September 2010

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA76 Computer software

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    005 Computer programming, programs & data


Li, C., Pooley, R. & Liu, X. (2010). Ontology-based quality attributes prediction in component-based development. International journal of computer science & information technology. 2, 12-29. doi:10.5121/ijcsit.2010.2502. ISSN 0975-4660



System quality atributes; quality attributes prediction; component-based development; ontology;

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