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Research Paper #937

Title:Evaluating Focus Theories for Requirements Elicitation
Authors:Lecoeuche,R; Robertson,DS; Barry,C; Mellish,CS
Date:Jan 1999
Presented:Submitted to the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Abstract:Interactive tools for controlling requirements elicitation are normally driven by rules of specification construction, rather than by conventions of human dialogue. on the other hand, theories of dialogue tend to ignore the interaction with constraints imposed by the domain of application. Various competing theories of dialogue exist but there have been few comparative studies of their use in non-trivial tasks. This paper presents a comparative study of the use of focus theories for requirements elicitation which required us to be precise about our interpretation of our chosen focus theories and to develop an innovative means of empirical testing for them.

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