Design and Implementation of an Experimental Editor for the Cheetah Experimental Platform

T. Porcham

Master's thesis, University of Innsbruck, Institute of Computer Science, 2012.

Abstract. Today, business process modeling is used across industries to design, document and improve the business processes of organizations. To better understand the different aspects of process modeling (modeling languages, process models and modeling tools) it is necessary to conduct experiments regarding these aspects. The Cheetah Experimental Platform was designed to conduct such experiments. The fine grained configuration options allow to create experimental workflow configurations focusing on certain aspects of process modeling. The empirical data gained by performing such experiments provides a valuable data basis to analyze the different aspects of process modeling. However, the distribution of the Cheetah Experimental Platform is hindered by the fact that strong technical skills are necessary to create new experimental configurations. In order to adress this problem an experimental editor for the Cheetah Experimental Platform is presented in this thesis that allows to create experimental workflow configurations in a graphical environment without the need of technical skills. Therefore, it fosters the distribution of the Cheetah Experimental Platform and hence, fosters the creation of new experiments in the field of process modeling. The requirements and design for the experimental editor are based on a systematic literature review about experimental designs of process modeling experiments. The architecture of the experimental editor allows to easily add support for new features of the Cheetah Experimental Platform. In addition, the experimental editor is evaluated through a case study of two example experimental configurations.

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