Gustafson, David A. Department of Computing and Information Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
- Measurement theory
- Types of scales
- Size metrics
- Complexity metrics
- Software requirements metric
- Goal-driven metric
- Prediction systems
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A rule for quantifying some characteristic or attribute of a computer software entity. The terms “software measure” and “software metric” are often used interchangeably. Some authors reserve “metric” for measures that satisfy the representation condition (discussed later). There are many metrics that are used in computer science and software development. For example, a simple one is the program-size metric, which is the total number of characters in the source files of a program.
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