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Incremental Discovery of Hierarchical Process Models

: Schuster, Daniel; Zelst, Sebastiaan J. van; Aalst, Wil M.P. van der


Dalpiaz, Fabiano:
Research Challenges in Information Science. 14th International Conference, RCIS 2020. Proceedings : Limassol, Cyprus, September 23-25, 2020
Cham: Springer Nature, 2020 (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 385)
ISBN: 978-3-030-50315-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-030-50316-1
ISBN: 978-3-030-50317-8
International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS) <14, 2020, Limassol/Cyprus>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Many of today’s information systems record the execution of (business) processes in great detail. Process mining utilizes such data and aims to extract valuable insights. Process discovery, a key research area in process mining, deals with the construction of process models based on recorded process behavior. Existing process discovery algorithms aim to provide a “push-button-technology”, i.e., the algorithms discover a process model in a completely automated fashion. However, real data often contain noisy and/or infrequent complex behavioral patterns. As a result, the incorporation of all behavior leads to very imprecise or overly complex process models. At the same time, data pre-processing techniques have shown to be able to improve the precision of process models, i.e., without explicitly using domain knowledge. Yet, to obtain superior process discovery results, human input is still required. Therefore, we propose a discovery algorithm that allows a user to incrementally extend a process model by new behavior. The proposed algorithm is designed to localize and repair nonconforming process model parts by exploiting the hierarchical structure of the given process model. The evaluation shows that the process models obtained with our algorithm, which allows for incremental extension of a process model, have, in many cases, superior characteristics in comparison to process models obtained by using existing process discovery and model repair techniques.