Leopold, Henrik, Jan Mendling and Artem Polyvyanyy (2012)

Generating natural language texts from business process models

in: Ralyté, Jolita, Xavier Franch, Sjaak Brinkkemper and Stanislaw Wrycza (ed.): Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE): 7328, Springer, (2012), 64-79.

Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31095-9_5

Abstract: Process Modeling is a widely used concept for understanding, documenting and also redesigning the operations of organizations. The validation and usage of process models is however affected by the fact that only business analysts fully understand them in detail. This is in particular a problem because they are typically not domain experts. In this paper, we investigate in how far the concept of verbalization can be adapted from object-role modeling to process models. To this end, we define an approach which automatically transforms BPMN process models into natural language texts and combines different techniques from linguistics and graph decomposition in a flexible and accurate manner. The evaluation of the technique is based on a prototypical implementation and involves a test set of 53 BPMN process models showing that natural language texts can be generated in a reliable fashion.

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