A Conversion of Feature Models into an Executable Representation in Microsoft Excel

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Featuremodel-basedconfigurationinvolvesselectingdesiredfeatures from a collection of features (called a feature model) that satisfy pre-defined constraints. Configurator development can be performed by different stakeholders with distinct skills and interests, who could also be non-IT domain experts with limited technical understanding and programming experience. In this context, a simple configuration framework is required to facilitate non-IT stakeholders’ participation in configurator development processes. In this paper, we develop a so-called tool FM2EXCONF that enables stakeholders to represent configuration knowledge as an executable representation in Microsoft Excel. Our tool supports the conversion of a feature model into an Excel-based configurator, which is per- formed in two steps. In the first step, the tool checks the consistency and anomalies of a feature model. If the feature model is consistent, then it is converted into a corresponding Excel-based configurator. Otherwise, the tool provides corrective explanations that help stakeholders to resolve anomalies before performing the conversion. Besides, in the second step, another type of explanation (which is included in the Excel-based configurator) is provided to help non-IT stakeholders to fix inconsistencies in the configuration phase.
Period25 Sep 2020
Event title25th International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems
Event typeConference
LocationVirtuell, AustriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational