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March 1979 (vol. 5 no. 2)
pp. 105-109
D. Comer, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University
In this paper we: 1) discuss the need for quantitatively reproducible experiments in the study of top-down design; 2) propose the design and writing of tutorial papers as a suitably general and inexpensive vehicle; 3) suggest the software science parameters as appropriate metrics; 4) report two experiments validating the use of these metrics on outlines and prose; and 5) demonstrate that the experiments tended toward the same optimal modularity.
Index Terms:
top-down design, Modularity, software science, technical writing
Citation:
D. Comer, M.H. Halstead, "A Simple Experiment in Top-Down Design," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 105-109, March 1979, doi:10.1109/TSE.1979.234166
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