Published in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Volume 32, Issue 1, January 1, 2006, pages 4-19.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Alex Dekhtyar was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This paper addresses the issues related to improving the overall quality of the dynamic candidate link generation for the requirements tracing process for verification and validation and independent verification and validation analysts. The contribution of the paper is four-fold: we define goals for a tracing tool based on analyst responsibilities in the tracing process, we introduce several new measures for validating that the goals have been satisfied, we implement analyst feedback in the tracing process, and we present a prototype tool that we built, RETRO (REquirements TRacing On-target), to address these goals. We also present the results of a study used to assess RETRO's support of goals and goal elements that can be measured objectively.