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<p>To produce reliable software, its complexity must be controlled by suitably decomposing the software system into smaller subsystems. A software complexity metric is developed that includes both the internal and external complexity of a module. This allows analysis of a software system during its development and provides a guide to system decomposition. The basis of this complexity metric is in the development of an external complexity measure that characterizes module interaction.</p>
software reliability; software complexity metric; system decomposition; software reliability
T.S. Dillon, K.S. Lew, K.E. Forward, "Software Complexity and its Impact on Software Reliability", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 14, no. , pp. 1645-1655, November 1988, doi:10.1109/32.9052
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