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Lecture Notes in Informatics

Business Process, ServicesComputing and Intelligent Service Management P-147, 110-122 (2008).

Gesellschaft für Informatik, Bonn


Witold Abramowicz, Leszek Maciaszek, Ryszard Kowalczyk, Andreas Speck (eds.)

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On application of structural decomposition for process model abstraction

Artem Polyvyanyy , Sergey Smirnov and Mathias Weske


Real world business process models may consist of hundreds of elements and have sophisticated structure. Although there are tasks where such models are valuable and appreciated, in general complexity has a negative influence on model comprehension and analysis. Thus, means for managing the complexity of process models are needed. One approach is abstraction of business process models-creation of a process model which preserves the main features of the initial elaborate process model, but leaves out insignificant details. In this paper we study the structural aspects of process model abstraction and introduce an abstraction approach based on process structure trees (PST). The developed approach assures that the abstracted process model preserves the ordering constraints of the initial model. It surpasses pattern-based process model abstraction approaches, allowing to handle graph-structured process models of arbitrary structure. We also provide an evaluation of the proposed approach.

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