Linking Software Design Metrics to Component Change-Proneness

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  2. Dr Claire Ingram
  3. Dr Stephen Riddle
Author(s)Ingram C; Riddle S
Publication type Report
Series TitleSchool of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Source Publication DateJune 2011
Report Number1257
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One technique from value-based software engineering involves prioritising the system and selectively applying time-consuming techniques (such as traceability) in order to maximise return on investment. This prioritisation could be based on predicted change-proneness of code modules, if a sufficiently accurate prediction can be achieved. Several previous studies have examined links between software change-proneness and software metrics such as size and complexity. However, conclusions differ as to the strength of the relationships. We present here a new case study project, extracting a range of complexity values from the code modules and testing for the existence of a significant link between change-proneness and complexity. We find only limited evidence of a linear relationship, but analysis using other statistical techniques does reveal some other significant links.
InstitutionSchool of Computing Science, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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