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  1. Stéphane Ducasse and Damien Pollet. Software Architecture Reconstruction: A Process-Oriented Taxonomy. In IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 35(4) p. 573-591, 2009. DOI 

    To maintain and understand large applications, it is crucial to know their architecture. The first problem is that unlike classes and packages, architecture is not explicitly represented in the code. The second problem is that successful applications evolve over time, so their architecture inevitably drifts. Reconstructing the architecture and checking whether it is still valid is therefore an important aid. While there is a plethora of approaches and techniques supporting architecture reconstruction, there is no comprehensive state of the art and it is often difficult to compare the approaches. This article presents a state of the art in software architecture reconstruction approaches.