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Validation of measurement tools to extract metrics from open source projects

Awang Abu Bakar, Normi Sham and Boughton, Clive V. (2012) Validation of measurement tools to extract metrics from open source projects. In: 2012 IEEE Conference on Open Systems (ICOS), 21-24 Oct. 2012, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

Software measurement can play a major role in ensuring the quality and reliability of software products. The measurement activities require appropriate tools to collect relevant metric data. Currently, there are several such tools available for software measurement. The main objective of this paper is to discuss the validation of results when using a combination of multiple measurement tools especially for products built using object-oriented techniques and languages. In this paper, we highlight four tools for collecting metric data, in our case from several Java-based open source projects. Our findings show that the tools provide different results for similar metrics and we discuss the methods used to validate the results reported by the tools. Our research is currently based on the work of Card and Glass, who argue that design complexity measures (data complexity and structural complexity) are indicators/predictors of procedural/cyclomatic complexity (decision counts) and errors (discovered from system tests).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3509/37953 (ISBN: 978-1-4673-1044-4, DOI: 10.1109/ICOS.2012.6417648)
Uncontrolled Keywords: software measurement; metrics extraction tools; open source systems; object-oriented metrics
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55.4 Industrial engineering.Management engineering. > T60 Work measurement. Methods engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Computer Science
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Normi Sham Awang Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 10:41
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2014 10:41
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/37953

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