AbstFinder: A Prototype Abstraction Finder for Natural Language Text for Use in Requirements Elicitation: Design, Methodology, and Evaluation

Daniel M. Berry

Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada


In order to help solve the problems of requirements elicitation, this paper motivates and describes a new approach, based on traditional signal processing methods, for finding abstractions in natural language text. The design of AbstFinder, an implementation of the approach, and the evaluation of its effectiveness on an industrial-strength example are described.

Joint work with Leah Goldin