A while ago I received the following question in my mailbox, and I figured I would reply through my blog, since it might be interesting to the ‘general public’
The question is as follows:
While I was reading chapter 4 of your PhD thesis, I wandered, what ‘s the difference between the following terms?
- Quality Dimension
- Quality Metric
- Evaluation Metric
- Metric Parameter
- Quality of Candidate
I think I’ve confused while embracing the different concepts of your ETM framework.
If you please, show me clear differences between them, as I think for somehow one can be an alternative to another in different context(s).
Interesting question, so let me briefly indicate the differences:
- Quality Dimension is an aspect a process model can be evaluated on. There are four common ones: replay fitness, precision, generalization and simplicity. Each quality dimension covers a different aspect of quality. Additional quality dimensions can be added, such as edit distance/similarity or configuration quality, as I show in my thesis.
- Quality Metric is a way to calculate a value expressing the quality of a particular process model, given an event log, on a particular quality dimension. An example are replay alignments as a metric to calculate the replay fitness quality dimension.
- Evaluation Metric is a more general notion of a quality metric, where a quality metric is specific for a quality dimension, an evaluation metric is any quality metric. I use this term in my thesis to present requirements on metrics in the context of the ETM evolutionary algorithm.
- Metric Parameter is a setting that can be required by a (quality/evaluation) metric. For example in alignments costs can be assigned for particular activities or for log or model move types, these settings are input to metric parameters.
- Quality of a candidate is the value assigned to a process model candidate on either a particular quality dimension (for instance replay fitness through alignments is 0.80), or the overall quality of a candidate process model.
I hope this clarifies some of the terminology used in my thesis, and mainly chapter 4
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