Simplification of Complex Process Models by Abstracting Infrequent Behaviour

Several simplification techniques have been proposed in process mining to improve the interpretability of complex processes, such as the structural simplification of the model or the simplification of the log. However, obtaining a comprehensible model explaining the behaviour of unstructured large processes is still an open challenge. In this paper, we present WoSimp, a novel algorithm to simplify processes by abstracting the infrequent behaviour from the logs, allowing to discover a simpler process model. This algorithm has been validated with more than 10 complex real processes, most of them from Business Process Management Challenges. Experiments show that WoSimp simplifies the process log and allows to discover a better process model than the state of the art techniques.

keywords: event abstraction, model simplification, log simplification, process mining