Publication
Title
Automatic identification of key classes in a software system using webmining techniques
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Abstract
Software engineers new to a project are often stuck sorting through hundreds of classes in order to find those few classes that offer a significant insight into the inner workings of the software project. To help stimulate this process, we propose a technique that can identify the most important classes in a system or the key classes of that system. Software engineers can use these classes to focus their understanding efforts when starting to work on a new software project. Those key classes are typically characterized with having a lot of control within the application. In order to find these controlling classes, we present a detection approach that is based on dynamic coupling and webmining. We demonstrate the potential of our technique using two open-source software systems that have a rich documentation set. During the case studies we use dynamically gathered coupling information that vary between a number of coupling metrics. The case studies show that we are able to retrieve 90% of the classes deemed important by the original maintainers of the systems, while maintaining a level of precision of around 50%.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of software maintenance and evolution : research and practice. - Chichester, 2001 - 2011
Publication
Chichester : 2008
ISSN
1532-060X [print]
1532-0618 [online]
DOI
10.1002/SMR.370
Volume/pages
20 :6 (2008) , p. 387-417
ISI
000261810900001
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Publication type
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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