The desire to compute similarities or distances between business processes arises in numerous situations such as when comparing business processes with reference models or when integrating business processes. The objective of this paper is to develop an approach for measuring the distance between Business Processes Models (BPM) based on the behavior of the business process only while abstracting from any structural aspects of the actual model. Furthermore, the measure allows for assigning more weight to parts of a process which are executed more frequently and can thus be considered as more important. This is achieved by defining a probability distribution on the behavior allowing the computation of distance metrics from the field of statistics.
Becker, Joerg; Bergener, Philipp; Breuker, Dominic; and Räckers, Michael, "On Measures of Behavioral Distance between Business Processes" (2011). Wirtschaftinformatik Proceedings 2011. Paper 48.