VaryMinions: Leveraging RNNs to Identify Variants in Event Logs

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Business processes have to manage variability in their execution, eg to deliver the correct building permit in different municipalities. This variability is visible in event logs, where sequences of events are shared by the core process (building permit authorisation) but may also be specific to each municipality. To rationalise resources (eg derive a configurable business process capturing all municipalities' permit variants) or to debug anomalous behaviours, it is mandatory to identify to which variant a given trace belongs. This paper supports this task by training Long Short Term Memory (LSTMs) and Gated Recurrent Units (GRUs) algorithms on two datasets: a configurable municipality and a travel expenses workflow. We demonstrate that variability can be identified accurately (>87%) and discuss the challenges of learning highly entangled variants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Workshop on Machine Learning Techniques for Software Quality Evolution
PublisherACM Press
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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