Knowledge Representation of Software Component Interconnection Information for Large-Scale Software Modifications

Stephen S. Yau, Jeffery J. Tsai

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Logic can be used to precisely express human thoughts and inferences. In this paper, an approach using first-order logic for knowledge representation of software component interconnection information to facilitate the validity and integrity checking of the interconnection among software components during software development or modification is presented. Directed graphs are first used to model the structure and behavior of a large-scale software system, and a first-order theory of directed graphs (the DG theory) is established. The interconnection behavior among software components in a large-scale software system is a directed graph which is called software component interconnection graph (CIG). The behavior of the CIG is interpreted using the DG theory and translated into logic representation. The translated logic representation is a set of logic clauses and can beconsidered as a set of axioms. Automated reasoning techniques based on these axioms can be used to perform the validity and integrity checking of software properties in the software development or maintenance phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-361
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Automated reasoning
  • first-order logic
  • integrity checking
  • software component interconnection
  • software development and maintenance
  • software modification
  • validity checks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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