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Reengineering of Configurations Based on Mathematical Concept Analysis
 ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology
, 1996
"... We apply mathematical concept analysis to the problem of reengineering configurations. Concept analysis will reconstruct a taxonomy of concepts from a relation between objects and attributes. We use concept analysis to infer configuration structures from existing source code. Our tool NORA/RECS will ..."
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We apply mathematical concept analysis to the problem of reengineering configurations. Concept analysis will reconstruct a taxonomy of concepts from a relation between objects and attributes. We use concept analysis to infer configuration structures from existing source code. Our tool NORA/RECS will accept source code, where configurationspecific code pieces are controlled by the preprocessor. The algorithm will compute a socalled concept lattice, which —when visually displayed — offers remarkable insight into the structure and properties of possible configurations. The lattice not only displays tinegrained dependencies between configurations, but also visualizes the overall quality of configuration structures according to software engineering principles. In a second step, interferences between configurations can be analyzed in order to restructure or simplify configurations. Interferences showing up in the lattice indicate high coupling and low cohesion between configuration concepts. Source files can then be simplified according to the lattice structure. Finally, we show how governing expressions can be simplified by utilizing an isomorphism theorem of mathematical concept analysis.