Predicting Software Metrics at Design Time – PROFES 2008

by Wolfgang Holz, Rahul Premraj, Thomas Zimmermann, Andreas Zeller

How do problem domains impact software features? We mine software code bases to relate problem domains (characterized by imports) to characteristics such as complexity, size, or quality. The resulting predictors take the specific imports of a component and predict its size, complexity, and quality metrics. In an experiment involving 89 core plugins of the ECLIPSE project, we found good prediction accuracy for most metrics. Since the predictors rely only on import relationships, and since these are available at design time, our approach allows for early estimation of crucial software metrics.

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Reference

Wolfgang Holz, Rahul Premraj, Thomas Zimmermann, Andreas Zeller. Predicting Software Metrics at Design Time. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2008), Rome, Italy, June 2008, pp. 34-44.

BibTeX Entry

@inproceedings{holz-profes-2008,
    title = "Predicting Software Metrics at Design Time",
    author = "Wolfgang Holz and Rahul Premraj and Thomas Zimmermann and Andreas Zeller",
    year = "2008",
    month = "June",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement",
    location = "Rome, Italy",
    pages = "34--44",
}