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3 Author(s)
Victor R. Basili ; Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ; Richard W. Selby ; David H. Hutchens

A framework is presented for analyzing most of the experimental work performed in software engineering over the past several years. The framework of experimentation consists of four categories corresponding to phases of the experimentation process: definition, planning, operation, and interpretation. A variety of experiments are described within the framework and their contribution to the software engineering discipline is discussed. Some recommendations for the application of the experimental process in software engineering are included.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-12 ,  Issue: 7 )