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Semantics of BPMN Process Models with OR-joins

Dumas, Marlon, Grosskopf, Alexander, Hettel, Thomas, & Wynn, Moe T. (2007) Semantics of BPMN Process Models with OR-joins. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 41-58.

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Abstract

The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is an emerging standard for capturing business processes. Like its predecessors, BPMN lacks a formal semantics and many of its features are subject to interpretation. One construct of BPMN that has an ambiguous semantics is the OR-join. Several formal semantics of this construct have been proposed for similar languages such as EPCs and YAWL. However, these existing semantics are computationally expensive. This paper formulates a semantics of the OR-join in BPMN for which enablement of a given OR-join in a model can be evaluated in quadratic time in terms of the total number of elements in the model. This complexity can be reduced to linear-time after materializing a quadratic-sized data structure at design-time. The paper also shows how to evaluate enablement of an OR-join incrementally as the execution of a process instance unfolds.

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ID Code: 7261
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Business Process Modeling Notation, Or, join, formal semantics
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-76848-7_5
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 the authors
Deposited On: 01 May 2007
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 11:22

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