Using Concept Lattices to Uncover Causal Dependencies in Software

  title={Using Concept Lattices to Uncover Causal Dependencies in Software},
  author={John L. Pfaltz},
Suppose that whenever event x occurs, a second event y must subsequently occur. We say that x “causes” y, or y is causally dependent on x. Deterministic causality abounds in software where execution of one routine can necessarily force execution of a subsequent subroutine. Discovery of such causal dependencies can be an important step to understanding the structure of undocumented, legacy code. In this paper we describe a methodology based on formal concept analysis that uncovers possible… CONTINUE READING
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