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<p><b>Abstract</b>—The metrics suite for object-oriented design put forward by Chidamber and Kemerer [<ref rid="bibe02678" type="bib">8</ref>] 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.</p>
Software measurement, coupling metrics, cohesion metrics, object-orientation, validation.

M. Hitz and B. Montazeri, "Chidamber and Kemerer's Metrics Suite: A Measurement Theory Perspective," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 22, no. , pp. 267-271, 1996.
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