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Linking Software Design Metrics to Component Change-Proneness

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claire Ingram, Dr Stephen Riddle

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Abstract

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.


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Author(s): Ingram C; Riddle S

Publication type: Report

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2011

Pages: 10

Source Publication Date: June 2011

Report Number: 1257

Institution: School of Computing Science, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne


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