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This paper was originally published as Thomas, T, and Eklund, P, Citation Analysis using Formal Concept Analysis: A case study in Software Engineering, 18th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2007, 3-7 Sept, 545-550.


In this paper Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) is used as a means to analyse a field of research using published academic papers as its input. In particular, results are presented based on a case study of 47 academic papers in a scientific field of study. The analysis includes inferences about the field of study based on the domain background knowledge derived from the ISO12207 software engineering standard. Additionally, a number of alternative classifications based on the target application language and the reported application size are introduced. FCA reveals useful insights about the nature of the subject matter: identifying fruitful areas of research as well as producing details about characteristics of the community under examination.



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