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Issue No. 02 - March (1979 vol. 5)
ISSN: 0098-5589
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.
top-down design, Modularity, software science, technical writing

D. Comer and M. Halstead, "A Simple Experiment in Top-Down Design," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 5, no. , pp. 105-109, 1979.
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