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A Simple Experiment in Top-Down Design

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2 Author(s)
Comer, Douglas ; Department of Computer Science, Purdue University ; Halstead, M.H.

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.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-5 ,  Issue: 2 )