Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science
Smyth, Barry; Keane, Mark T. Retrieving Reusable Design Cases: Exploiting Adaptation Knowledge in Design Reuse'. - Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science, TCD-CS-94-15, 1994, pp11
Computer Science Technical Report TCD-CS-94-15
Case-based reasoning has been identified as a potentially fruitful candidate technology with which to investigate the development of automated design systems. Two critical
stages in case-based design are design retrieval and design adaptation. In the former, designs
that can be reused for a new design problem must be located. In the latter, retrieved designs
must be modified to meet the specific demands of the new target situation.
In this paper we will address both of these stages in the context of a case-based software
design system called Déjà Vu. In particular, it will be argued that the notions of design
reusability and adaptability are intricately linked and an approach will be described which
allows the adaptation requirements of design cases to be accurately predicted during retrieval
and subsequently exploited during adaptation. We argue that this approach benefits from
improved retrieval accuracy,
exibility, and greater overall problem solving effcacy.
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