## A Mathematical Perspective For Software Measures Research (1990)

Venue: | Software Engineering Journal |

Citations: | 22 - 5 self |

### BibTeX

@ARTICLE{Melton90amathematical,

author = {Austin C. Melton and David A. Gustafson and James M. Bieman and Albert L. Baker},

title = {A Mathematical Perspective For Software Measures Research},

journal = {Software Engineering Journal},

year = {1990},

volume = {5},

pages = {246--254}

}

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### Abstract

We identify and analyze basic principles which necessarily underlie software measures research. In the prevailing paradigm for the validation of software measures there is a fundamental assumption that the sets of measured documents are ordered, and that measures should report these orders. We describe mathematically the nature of such orders. Consideration of these orders suggests a hierarchy of software document measures, a methodology for developing new measures, and a general approach to the analytical evaluation of measures. We also point out the importance of units for any type of measurement and stress the perils of equating document structure complexity and psychological complexity. Keywords: software measures, abstractions of software documents, software structure, analytical evaluations of measures 1 Introduction This paper presents some underlying principles for software measures research. By "software measures" we mean measures which are obtainable directly from software d...