WIT Press


Decomposition Of Multiple Inheritance DAGs For Object-oriented Software Measurement

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SQE970191

Volume

17

Pages

12

Published

1997

Size

1,032 kb

Author(s)

T.K. Shih, C.M. Chung & C.C. Wang

Abstract

Software metrics are widely used to measure software complexity and assure software quality. However, research in the field of the software complexity measurement of a class hierarchy has not yet been carefully studied. In this paper, we introduce a novel factor named unit repeated inheritance (URI) and an important method named inheritance level technique (ILT) method to realize and measure the object-oriented software complexity of a class hierarchy. The approach is based on the graph-theoretical model for measuring the hierarchical complexity in inheritance relations. The proposed metrics extraction shows that inheritance has a close relation to the object-oriented software measurement and reveals that overuse of the

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