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In this paper we present a comparative analysis of the predictive power of two different sets of metrics for defect prediction. We choose one set of product related and one set of process related software metrics and use them for classifying Java files of the Eclipse project as defective respective defect-free. Classification models are built using three(More)
The improvement of the software development process through the development and utilization of high quality and reusable software components has been advocated for a long time. Agile Methods promote some interesting practices, in particular the practice of refactoring, which are supposed to improve understandability and maintainability of source code. In(More)
Refactoring is a hot and controversial issue. Supporters claim that it helps increasing the quality of the code, making it easier to understand, modify and maintain. Moreover, there are also claims that refactoring yields higher development productivity – however, there is only limited empirical evidence of such assumption. A case study has been conducted(More)
Estimation of development effort without imposing overhead on the project and the development team is of paramount importance for any software company. This study proposes a new effort estimation methodology aimed at agile and iterative development environments not suitable for description by traditional prediction methods. We propose a detailed development(More)
In this paper, we describe an experiment, which analyzes the relative importance and stability of change metrics for predicting defects for 3 releases of the Eclipse project. The results indicate that out of 18 change metrics 3 metrics contain most information about software defects. Moreover, those 3 metrics remain stable across 3 releases of the Eclipse(More)
The use of refactoring as a way to continuously improve the design and quality of software and prevent its aging is mostly limited to Agile Methodologies and to a lower amount to software reengineering. In these communities refactoring is supposed to improve in the long-term the structure of existing code in order to make it easier to modify and maintain.(More)
One of the impediments to the wide dissemination of software estimation and measurement practices is the significant overhead imposed by these practices on the project and development team. Despite significant investment in research, the lightweight estimation of development effort is still an unsolved problem in software engineering. This study proposes a(More)