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Fuzzy Mining: Adaptive Process Simplification Based on Multi-perspective Metrics

C.W. Günther and W.M.P. van der Aalst
In G. Alonso, P. Dadam, and M. Rosemann, editors, International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2007), volume 4714 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 328-343. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007


Process Mining is a technique for extracting process models from execution logs. This is particularly useful in situations where people have an idealized view of reality. Real-life processes turn out to be less structured than people tend to believe. Unfortunately, traditional process mining approaches have problems dealing with unstructured processes. The discovered models are often “spaghetti-like”, showing all details without distinguishing what is important and what is not. This paper proposes a new process mining approach to overcome this problem. The approach is configurable and allows for different faithfully simplified views of a particular process. To do this, the concept of a roadmap is used as a metaphor. Just like different roadmaps provide suitable abstractions of reality, process models should provide meaningful abstractions of operational processes encountered in domains ranging from healthcare and logistics to web services and public administration.

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