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    A Study of the Influence of Coverage on the Relationship Between Static and Dynamic Coupling Metrics


    Mitchell, Aine and Power, James F. (2006) A Study of the Influence of Coverage on the Relationship Between Static and Dynamic Coupling Metrics. Science of Computer Programming, 59 (1/2). pp. 4-25. ISSN 0167-6423

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the relationship between the static coupling between objects (CBO) metric and some of its dynamic counterparts. The dimensions of the relationship for Java programs are investigated, and the in uence of instruction coverage on this relationship is measured. An empirical evaluation of 14 Java programs taken from the SPEC JVM98 and the JOlden benchmark suites is conducted using the static CBO metric, six dynamic metrics and instruction coverage data. The results presented here confirm preliminary studies indicating the independence of static and dynamic coupling metrics, but point to a strong in uence of coverage on the relationship. Based on this, this paper suggests that dynamic coupling metrics might be better interpreted in the context of coverage measures, rather than as stand-alone software metrics.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article which is available at doi: 10.1016/j.scico.2005.07.002
    Keywords: Software engineering; Software metrics; Coupling; Coverage; Regression analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6406
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scico.2005.07.002
    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 15:56
    Journal or Publication Title: Science of Computer Programming
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: No
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