Empirical studies of software engineering: a roadmap

TitleEmpirical studies of software engineering: a roadmap
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsPerry, DE, Porter AA, Votta LG
Conference NameProceedings of the Conference on The Future of Software Engineering
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-58113-253-0
KeywordsEmpirical studies, software engineering

In this article we summarize the strengths and weaknesses of empirical research in software engineering. We argue that in order to improve the current situation we must create better studies and draw more credible interpretations from them. We finally present a roadmap for this improvement, which includes a general structure for software empirical studies and concrete steps for achieving these goals: designing better studies, collecting data more effectively, and involving others in our empirical enterprises.

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