Detecting behavioral design patterns from software execution data

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Design pattern detection techniques provide useful insights to help understand the design and architecture of software systems. Existing design pattern detection techniques require as input the source code of software systems. Hence, these techniques may become not applicable in case the source code is not available anymore. Large volumes of data are recorded and stored during software execution, which is very useful for design pattern detection of software systems. This chapter introduces a general framework to support the detection of behavioral design patterns by taking as input the software execution data. To show the effectiveness, the proposed framework is instantiated for the observer, state and strategy patterns. The developed pattern detection techniques are implemented in the open-source process mining toolkit ProM. The applicability of the proposed framework is evaluated using software execution data containing around 1.000.000 method calls that are generated by running both synthetic and real-life software systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - 13th International Conference, ENASE 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsErnesto Damiani, George Spanoudakis, Leszek A. Maciaszek
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-030-22559-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-22558-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2019
Event13th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2018 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 23 Mar 201824 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference13th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2018
CityFunchal, Madeira


  • Behavioral design pattern
  • General framework
  • Observer pattern
  • Pattern instance detection
  • Software execution data
  • State and strategy patterns


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