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Program Complexity and Programmer Productivity

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1 Author(s)
Chen, E.T. ; 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.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-4 ,  Issue: 3 )