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Experimental Study of an Information-Based Complexity Metric

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Date Issued:
1987
Summary:
Through a small contained environment, this study evaluates an information-based complexity metric theory and its relationship to the effort expended in constructing a program. The metric, which calculates the amount of information present in a program specification, determines the specification's complexity measure. The observed measures of programmer effort were the numbers of keystrokes, insertions, deletions, and runs needed to complete the program specification. It was theorized that a program with a higher complexity value than that of another program will require more programmer resources to complete. A significant relationship between the metric and the number of keystrokes was found.
Title: An Experimental Study of an Information-Based Complexity Metric.
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Name(s): Danaher, Mary Schindlbeck
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Coulter, Neal S., Thesis advisor
Harold, Frederick G., Thesis advisor
Munson, John C., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Issued: 1987
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 81 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Through a small contained environment, this study evaluates an information-based complexity metric theory and its relationship to the effort expended in constructing a program. The metric, which calculates the amount of information present in a program specification, determines the specification's complexity measure. The observed measures of programmer effort were the numbers of keystrokes, insertions, deletions, and runs needed to complete the program specification. It was theorized that a program with a higher complexity value than that of another program will require more programmer resources to complete. A significant relationship between the metric and the number of keystrokes was found.
Identifier: 14412 (digitool), FADT14412 (IID), fau:11213 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Thesis (M.A.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1987.
College of Business
Subject(s): Computer programs
Multivariate analysis
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