A conceptual model of cognitive complexity of elements of the programming process

  title={A conceptual model of cognitive complexity of elements of the programming process},
  author={S. N. Cant and D. Ross Jeffery and Brian Henderson-Sellers},
  journal={Information & Software Technology},
A new approach to complexity metrics is described based not on empirical analysis of the final product, viz. the code, but on an understanding of the cognitive processes of the analyst or programmer as they approach and undertake the challenges of program development, modification and debugging. The resulting metric, the Cognitive Complexity Model, involves quantification of a number of cognitive processes, focused on descriptions of comprehension resulting from the twin processes of ‘chunking… CONTINUE READING
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