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Experimentation in software engineering
July 1986 (vol. 12 no. 7)
pp. 733-743
Victor R. Basili, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
David H. Hutchens, Department of Computer Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634
Experimentation in software engineering supports the advancement of the field through an iterative learning process. In this paper we present a framework for analyzing most of the experimental work performed in software engineering over the past several years. We describe a variety of experiments in the framework and discuss their contribution to the software engineering discipline. Some useful recommendations for the application of the experimental process in software engineering are included.
Index Terms:
Software,Testing,Software engineering,Measurement,Educational institutions,Programming,Debugging,software technology measurement and evaluation,Controlled experiment,data collection and analysis,empirical study,experimental design,software metrics
Citation:
Victor R. Basili, David H. Hutchens, "Experimentation in software engineering," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 733-743, July 1986, doi:10.1109/TSE.1986.6312975
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