Aligning Data-Aware Declarative Process Models and Event Logs

Clive Tinashe Mawoko
Conformance checking, a branch of process mining, allows analysts to determine whether the execution of a business process matches the modeled behavior. Process models can be procedural or declarative. Procedural models dictate the exact behavior that is allowed to execute a specific process whilst declarative models implicitly specify allowed behavior with the rules that must be followed during execution. The execution of a business process is represented by event logs. Conformance checking approaches check various perspectives of a process execution including control-flow, data and resources. Approaches that checks not only the control-flow perspective, but also data and resources are called multi-perspective or data-aware approaches. The approaches provide more deviation information than control-flow based techniques. Alignment based techniques of conformance checking have proved to be advantageous in both control-flow based and data-aware approaches. While there exist several data-aware approaches for procedural process models that are based on the principle of finding alignments, there is none so far for declarative process models.

In this thesis, we adapt an existing technique for finding alignments of logs and data-aware procedural models to declarative models. We implemented our approach as a plugin of the process mining framework ProM and evaluated it using event logs with different characteristics.

Keywords: Process Mining, Declarative Process Models, Data-aware Conformance checking, Alignment
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Graduation Thesis type
Master - Software Engineering
Fabrizio M. Maggi
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