Stemming anomaly propagation in software systems using ontology

  • Tajudeen Adeniji Adetunji
  • Olusegun Folorunso
  • Olufunke Rebecca Vincent
  • Olaniyi Mathew Olayiwola
Keywords: Ontology, software systems, anomaly propagation


The increasing use of information and communication technology over the last decade has driven a  new range of information needs in business. A number of these software systems in deployment,  however, suffer from detrimental unintended integrity and consistency compromise due to anomaly  infestation. Primarily, the effects of this usually culminate in unpredictable and catastrophic results,  which must be adequately checked to yield highly dependable software. This paper proposes a unified  framework for analyzing propagations of anomalies in software systems employing ontology to  characterize, categorize, and identify these errors; also, to provide guidelines for the implementation of  the proposed solution. The generic approach captures the conventional semantics and structure of  different types of anomalies with the notion of anomaly ontology. The prototype Ontology-based  Software Anomaly Propagation Detection System (OBSAPDS) was built with the Protégé 4.3  knowledge acquisition tool, and Java programming languagPe was used for the development of the  application and MySQL Server as the back en--gine. The combination of the domain ontology in  Protégé and inference rules in Jena formed the knowledge system for the elicitation and the validation  of domain facts. Besides, a proof-of-concept evaluation of the proposed framework confirmed how  efficiently the approach could discover and resolve anomalies for different types of systems through  demonstration. The division by zero error and the read access to uninitialized error conditions served  as case studies.

Keywords: Ontology, software systems, anomaly propagation


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eISSN: 2006-5523
print ISSN: 2006-5523