The Trace relationship is a specialization of a Dependency, connecting model elements or sets of elements that represent the same concept across models. Traces are often used to track requirements and model changes, typically in a Traceability diagram, or in a Class, Use Case, Object or Composite Structure diagram.

As changes can occur in both directions, the order of this Dependency is usually ignored. The relationship's properties can specify the trace mapping, but the trace is usually bi-directional, informal and rarely computable.

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