Approach to software requirement specification

Stephen S. Yau, Chung Shyan Liu

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An approach to software requirement specification using a structured bipartite inheritance network is presented. A bipartite inheritance network is a network with two different kinds of basic nodes, data entity and action, which are independent of each other and structured into an inheritance hierarchy. A structured bipartite inheritance network has a substructure, which is used primarily to decompose a large-scale software system into subsystems. This approach has the advantages that in software requirements specification both the data entities and functional components are explicitly specified such that it will be easier to identify and localize the requirement changes and are unified in a common structure so that the requirement specification will be easier to understand. A patient monitoring system is used to illustrate the specification procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software & Applications Conference
EditorsGeorge J. Knafl
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0818608730
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software & Applications Conference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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