Feature Dependency Analysis for Product Line Component Design

  • Kwanwoo Lee
  • Kyo C. Kang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3107)


Analyzing commonalities and variabilities among products of a product line is an essential activity for product line asset development. A feature-oriented approach to commonality and variability analysis (called feature modeling) has been used extensively for product line engineering. Feature modeling mainly focuses on identifying commonalities and variabilities among products of a product line and organizing them in terms of structural relationships (e.g., aggregation and generalization) and configuration dependencies (e.g., required and excluded). Although the structural relationships and configuration dependencies are essential inputs to product line asset development, they are not sufficient to develop reusable and adaptable product line assets. Other types of dependencies among features also have significant influences on the design of product line assets. In this paper, we extend the feature modeling to analyze feature dependencies that are useful in the design of reusable and adaptable product line components, and present design guidelines based on the extended model. An elevator control software example is used to illustrate the concept of the proposed method.


Product Line Software Product Line Fire Fighter Feature Dependency Call Request 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwanwoo Lee
    • 1
  • Kyo C. Kang
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Information EngineeringHansung UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringPohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangKorea

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