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A Metric for Evaluating Residual Complexity in Software

  • Michael KrisperEmail author
  • Johannes Iber
  • Christian Kreiner
  • Markus Quaritsch
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 748)

Abstract

A new metric for evaluating the complexity of software is proposed: The residual complexity. This is the combination of a complexity metric with a code coverage metric. It indicates how well the complexity of a software is handled by software tests, and how much complexity still remains untested. In this paper we give an overview over existing source code metrics and code coverage metrics. Afterwards the residual complexity is described and the consequences are discussed. In the end a use case is shown on a real life example of a software application implemented in .NET.

Keywords

Software quality Software metric Residual complexity Complexity metric Cyclomatic complexity Branch coverage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Krisper
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johannes Iber
    • 1
  • Christian Kreiner
    • 1
  • Markus Quaritsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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