Issue No.03 - May (1978 vol.4)
E.T. Chen , Computer Science Division, The Travelers Insurance Companies
This paper proposes a measure of program control complexity from an information theory viewpoint. A set of empirical data showing programmer productivity as a function of program control complexity is also presented. The data reveals a step-function-like contour to programmer productivity with increasing program control complexity.
productivity, Control complexity, entropy, information theory
E.T. Chen, "Program Complexity and Programmer Productivity", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol.4, no. 3, pp. 187-194, May 1978, doi:10.1109/TSE.1978.231497