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Chidamber and Kemerer's Metrics Suite: A Measurement Theory Perspective
April 1996 (vol. 22 no. 4)
pp. 267-271

Abstract—The metrics suite for object-oriented design put forward by Chidamber and Kemerer [8] is partly evaluated by applying principles of measurement theory. Using the object coupling measure (CBO) as an example, it is shown that failing to establish a sound empirical relation system can lead to deficiencies of software metrics. Similarly, for the object-oriented cohesion measure (LCOM) it is pointed out that the issue of empirical testing the representation condition must not be ignored, even if other validation principles are carefully obeyed. As a by-product, an alternative formulation for LCOM is proposed.

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Index Terms:
Software measurement, coupling metrics, cohesion metrics, object-orientation, validation.
Citation:
Martin Hitz, Behzad Montazeri, "Chidamber and Kemerer's Metrics Suite: A Measurement Theory Perspective," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 267-271, April 1996, doi:10.1109/32.491650
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