Supporting Feature Model-Based Configuration in Microsoft Excel

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Feature model-based configuration is a process of select- ing desired features from a collection of features (called a feature model) which satisfy pre-defined constraints. Configurator develop- ment can be performed by different stakeholders with distinct skills and interests, who could also be non-IT domain experts with limited technology understanding and programming experience. Therefore, a simple configuration framework is required to facilitate the partici- pation of non-IT stakeholders in configurator development processes. In this paper, we propose an approach that uses Microsoft Excel to represent configuration knowledge. Our approach shows how to for- mulate an Excel worksheet from a feature model and also supports the formulation of corrective explanations that help stakeholders re- solve configuration inconsistencies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2020
Event22nd International Configuration Workshop - Department of Management and Engineering of Padova University, Virtuell, Italy
Duration: 10 Sept 202011 Sept 2020


Workshop22nd International Configuration Workshop
Abbreviated titleCONFWS' 20
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  • Feature models
  • Knowledge-based configuration
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Configurator
  • Microsoft Excel


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