The University of Sussex

Domain modelling with hierarchies of alternative viewpoints.

Steve Easterbrook

Domain modelling can be used within requirements engineering to reveal the conceptual models used by the participants, and relate these to one another. However, existing elicitation techniques used in AI adopt a purely cognitive stance, in that they model a single problem-solving agent, and ignore the social and organisational context. This paper describes a framework for representing alternative, conflicting viewpoints in a single domain model. The framework is based on the development of a hierarchy of viewpoint descriptions, where lower levels of the hierarchy contain the conflicts. The hierarchies can be viewed in a number of ways, and hence allow the participants to develop an understanding of one another's perspective. The framework is supported by a set of tools for developing and manipulating these hierarchies.

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