[Context and Motivation] This paper notes the advanced state of the natural language (NL) processing art and considers four broad categories of tools for processing NL requirements documents. These tools are used in a variety of scenarios. The strength of a tool for a NL processing task is measured by its recall and precision. [Question/Problem] In some scenarios, for some tasks, any tool with less than 100% recall is not helpful and the user may be better off doing the task entirely manually. [Principal Ideas/Results] The paper suggests that perhaps a dumb tool doing an identifiable part of such a task may be better than an intelligent tool trying but failing in unidentifiable ways to do the entire task. [Contribution] Perhaps a new direction is needed in research for RE tools.
|Title of host publication||Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 18th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2012, Essen, Germany, March 19-22, 2012. Proceedings|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|
Berry, D., Gacitua, R., Sawyer, P., & Tjong, S. F. (2012). The case for dumb requirements engineering tools. In Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 18th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2012, Essen, Germany, March 19-22, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 211-217). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 7195). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28714-5_18