Towards Classification and Automatic Detection of Feature Interactions


Current feature-based modelling systems fail to adequately maintain feature semantics, mainly due to an incom-plete perception of feature interaction phenomena. In this paper a formal definition of feature interactions is derived, in order to identify the scope of situations to manage. A taxonomy for interactions is proposed that encompasses a wide range of situations, with either design or technological relevance. This is regarded as a first step in the development of flexible and powerful interaction detection and reaction mechanisms, aimed at improving the level of assistance provided to the user of a feature modelling system.