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Alain April

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cole de Technologie Suprieure de Montral

Alain April is a Professor of Software Engineering and a long standing member of the Research Laboratory at the cole de Technologie Suprieure (ETS) - Universit du Qubec.

He is currently Co-editor of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge software maintenance and software quality chapters. He is also actively involved in international software engineering standards (WG25 on ITIL processes).

Professor April has more than 25 years of industry experience in information systems quality and software engineering.


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April, Alain and Desharnais, Jean-Marc (2005): Software Maintenance Expert System (SMXPERT) - a Decision Support Instrument. In: Chen, Chin-Sheng, Filipe, Joaquim, Seruca, Isabel and Cordeiro, Jos (eds.) ICEIS 2005 - Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems May 25-28, 2005, Miami, USA. pp. 142-148.

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Godin, Robert, Missaoui, Rokia and April, Alain (1993): Experimental Comparison of Navigation in a Galois Lattice with Conventional Information Retrieval Methods. In International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 38 (5) pp. 747-767.

A controlled experiment was conducted comparing information retrieval using a Galois lattice structure with two more conventional retrieval methods: navigating in a manually built hierarchical classification and Boolean querying with index terms. No significant performance difference was found between Boolean querying and the Galois lattice retrieval method for subject searching with the three measures used for the experiment: user searching time, recall and precision. However, hierarchical classification retrieval did show significantly lower recall compared to the other two methods. This experiment suggests that retrieval using a Galois lattice structure may be an attractive alternative since it combines a good performance for subject searching along with browsing potential.

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