Conditional preferences in software stakeholders' judgments

Ivana Ognjanovic, Dragan Gašević, Ebrahim Bagheri, Mohsen Asadi

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In reality, many of the stakeholders' decisions about their desirable requirements can be dependent on other internal or external factors. Such dependencies entail conditionality between the requirements that have been defined, e.g., a requirement is desirable for the stakeholders only if a certain condition is met or some other requirements are excluded. In this paper, we propose a novel framework that tackles the challenge of capturing and processing software stakeholders' conditional preferences. Our proposal extends the Stratified Analytic Hierarchical Process (S-AHP) method that we have previously introduced. S-AHP is built on top of the Analytic Hierarchical Process method, which performs a pairwise comparison of stakeholders' preferences. The current main framework for handling conditionality is TCP-nets, which suffers from the inability to handle hierarchical structure of comparisons and cycles in dependencies defined by the condition al requirements. Also, TCP-nets is primarily developed for qualitative preferences and its quantitative extensions cannot completely capture quantitative relative importance. We show that our framework is able to address these shortcomings of TCP-nets while preserving many of its advantages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2011
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Symposium on Applied Computing 2011 - Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
Duration: 21 Mar 201124 Mar 2011
Conference number: 26th (Proceedings)


ConferenceACM Symposium on Applied Computing 2011
Abbreviated titleSAC 2011
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