An empirical study of eServices product UML sizing metrics

Yue Chen, Barry W. Boehm, Ray Madachy, Ricardo Valerdi

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Abstract

Size is one of the most fundamental measurements of software. For the past two decades, the source line of code (SLOC) and function point (FP) metrics have been dominating software sizing approaches. However both approaches have significant defects. For example, SLOC can only be counted when the software construction is complete, while the FP counting is time consuming, expensive, and subjective. In the late 1990s researchers have been exploring faster, cheaper, and more effective sizing methods, such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) based software sizing. In this paper we present an empirical 14-project-study of three different sizing metrics which cover different software life-cycle activities: requirement metrics (requirement), UML metrics (architecture), and SLOC metrics (implementation). Our results show that the software size in terms of SLOC was moderately well correlated with the number of external use cases and the number of classes. We also demonstrate that the number of sequence diagram steps per external use case is a possible complexity indicator of software size. However, we conclude that at least for this 14-project eServices applications sample, the UML-based metrics were insufficiently well-defined and codified to serve as precise sizing metrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004
Pages199-206
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004 - Redondo Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2004Aug 20 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004

Other

OtherProceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004
CountryUnited States
CityRedondo Beach, CA
Period8/19/048/20/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Chen, Y., Boehm, B. W., Madachy, R., & Valerdi, R. (2004). An empirical study of eServices product UML sizing metrics. In Proceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004 (pp. 199-206). (Proceedings - 2004 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2004).