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Reply to: "Property-Based Software Engineering Measurement"
August 1997 (vol. 23 no. 8)
pp. 533

Abstract—Briand, Morasca, and Basili [1] introduce a measurement theoretic approach to software measurement and criticize among others the work of the author, but they misinterpret the work of the author. Zuse does not require additive software (complexity) measures as Briand, Morasca, and Basili state. Zuse uses the concept of the extensive structure in order to show the empirical properties behind software measures. Briand, Morasca, and Basili use the concept of meaningfulness in order to describe scales and that certain scale levels are not excluded by the Weyuker Properties. However, the authors do not consider, that scales and scale types are different things.

[1] L.C. Briand, S. Morasca, and V.R. Basili, "Property-Based Software Engineering Measurement," IEEE Trans. Software Eng., vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 68-85, Jan. 1996.
[2] H. Zuse, Software Complexity: Measures and Methods, 605 pp., 498 figures. Berlin, New York: DeGruyter Publisher, 1991.
[3] H. Zuse and P. Bollmann-Sdorra, "Measurement Theory and Software Measures," Workshops in Computing, T. Denvir, R. Herman and R. Whitty, eds., Proc. BCS-FACS Workshop on Formal Aspects of Measurement, South Bank Univ., London, May5, 1991. Series edited by Professor C.J. Rijsbergen. ISBN 3-540-19788-5. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, Springer House, 8 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7JZ, UK, 1992.
[4] H. Zuse, "Software Complexity Metrics/Analysis," J.J. Marciniak, editor-in-chief, Encyclopedia of Software Engineering, vol. 1, pp. 131-166, John Wiley&Sons, 1994.

Index Terms:
Measurement theory, software measurement, software metrics.
Horst Zuse, "Reply to: "Property-Based Software Engineering Measurement"," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 533, Aug. 1997, doi:10.1109/32.624309
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