Barbara A. Kitchenham

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Background: In 2004 the concept of evidence-based software engineering (EBSE) was introduced at the ICSE04 conference. Aims: This study assesses the impact of systematic literature reviews (SLRs) which are the recommended EBSE method for aggregating evidence. Method: We used the standard systematic literature review method employing a manual search of 10(More)
Empirical software engineering research needs research guidelines to improve the research and reporting processes. We propose a preliminary set of research guidelines aimed at stimulating discussion among software researchers. They are based on a review of research guidelines developed for medical researchers and on our own experience in doing and reviewing(More)
A consequence of the growing number of empirical studies in software engineering is the need to adopt systematic approaches to assessing and aggregating research outcomes in order to provide a balanced and objective summary of research evidence for a particular topic. The paper reports experiences with applying one such approach, the practice of systematic(More)
Objective: Our objective is to describe how softwareengineering might benefit from an evidence-basedapproach and to identify the potential difficultiesassociated with the approach.Method: We compared the organisation and technicalinfrastructure supporting evidence-based medicine (EBM)with the situation in software engineering. We consideredthe impact that(More)
This paper aims to provide the software estimation research community with a better understanding of the meaning of, and relationship between, two statistics that are often used to assess the accuracy of predictive models: the mean magnitude relative error, MMRE, and the number of predictions within 25% of the actuals, pred(25). We demonstrate that MMRE and(More)
The Mean Magnitude of Relative Error, MMRE, is probably the most widely used evaluation criterion for assessing the performance of competing software prediction models. It seems obvious that the purpose of MMRE is to assist us to select the best model. In this paper, we have performed a simulation study demonstrating that MMRE does not select the best(More)
0950-5849/$ see front matter 2010 Elsevier B.V. A doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2010.03.006 * Corresponding author. Tel.: +44 71782 733979; fa E-mail address: (B. Context: In a previous study, we reported on a systematic literature review (SLR), based on a manual search of 13 journals and conferences undertaken in the period 1st January(More)
they produce meaning@ results. new technique or tool in IEEE Software or elsewhere, and you are considering its use on your project. If it worked for someone else, how do you know it will work for you? The last decade has seen explosive growth in the number of software-engineering methods and tools, each one offering to improve some characteristic of(More)