A Two-Layered Framework for the Discovery of Software Behavior: A Case Study

Cong LIU  Jianpeng ZHANG  Guangming LI  Shangce GAO  Qingtian ZENG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E101-D   No.8   pp.2005-2014
Publication Date: 2018/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2017EDP7027
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Software Engineering
Keyword: 
software behavior discovery,  user behavior,  plug-in calling behavior,  process mining,  

Full Text: PDF(1.4MB)
>>Buy this Article


Summary: 
During the execution of software, tremendous amounts of data can be recorded. By exploiting the execution data, one can discover behavioral models to describe the actual software execution. As a well-known open-source process mining toolkit, ProM integrates quantities of process mining techniques and enjoys a variety of applications in a broad range of areas. How to develop a better ProM software, both from user experience and software performance perspective, are of vital importance. To achieve this goal, we need to investigate the real execution behavior of ProM which can provide useful insights on its usage and how it responds to user operations. This paper aims to propose an effective approach to solve this problem. To this end, we first instrument existing ProM framework to capture execution logs without changing its architecture. Then a two-layered framework is introduced to support accurate ProM behavior discovery by characterizing both user interaction behavior and plug-in calling behavior separately. Next, detailed discovery techniques to obtain user interaction behavior model and plug-in calling behavior model are proposed. All proposed approaches have been implemented.