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Mapping Software Metrics to Module Complexity: A Pattern Classification Approach

Nick John Pizzi
2011 Journal of Software Engineering and Applications  
A desirable software engineering goal is the prediction of software module complexity (a qualitative concept) using automatically generated software metrics (quantitative measurements). This goal may be couched in the language of pattern classification; namely, given a set of metrics (a pattern) for a software module, predict the class (level of complexity) to which the module belongs. To find this mapping from metrics to complexity, we present a classification strategy, stochastic metric
more » ... hastic metric selection, to determine the subset of software metrics that yields the greatest predictive power with respect to module complexity. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this strategy by empirically evaluating it using a publicly available dataset of metrics compiled from a medical imaging system and comparing the prediction results against several classification system benchmarks.
doi:10.4236/jsea.2011.47049 fatcat:6kp5va5a45fsjaj6fnrpto2yza