Accession Number:

ADA445868

Title:

Toward Feature Engineering of Software Systems

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Report Date:

1997-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The gulf between the user and the developer perspectives leads to difficulties in producing successful software systems. users are focused on the problem domain, where the systems features are the primary concern. Developers are focused on the solution domain, where the systems lifecycle artifacts are key. Presently, there is little understanding of how to narrow this gulf. This paper argues for establishing an organizing viewpoint that we term feature engineering. Feature engineering promotes features as first-class objects throughout the software lifecycle and across the problem and solution domains. The goal of the paper is not to propose a specific new technique or technology. Rather, it aims at laying out some basic concepts and terminology that can be used as a foundation for developing a sound and complete theory of feature engineering. The paper discusses the impact that features have on different phases of the lifecycle, provides some ideas on how these phases can be improved by fully exploiting the concept of feature, and suggests topics for a research agenda in feature engineering.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE