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Searching the Boundaries of a Modeling Space to Test Metamodels

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Executive Summary

Model-driven software development relies on metamodels to formally capture modeling spaces. Metamodels specify concepts and relationships between them in order to represent either a specific business domain model or the input and output domains for operations on models (e.g., model refinement). In all cases, a metamodel is a finite description of a possibly infinite set of models, i.e. the set of all models which structure conforms to the description specified in the metamodel. However, there is currently no systematic method to test that a metamodel captures all the correct models of the domain and no more.

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