A Quantitative Approach for Ranking Change Risk of Component-Based Software

  • Chengying Mao
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4707)


The rapid evolution of component-based software brings great challenges to its maintenance in the later phase, so it is quite necessary to measure the risk its changes bring to the whole system. Through redefining the component dependency graph, the paper presents a two-step approach to assess the change risk of component-based software (CBS), which results from the partial changes of components in system. After obtaining the change risk of single component, we transform the component dependency graph to a component dependency tree, and then calculate the change risk of the whole CBS according to paths in the tree. In addition, a case study is made to illustrate how the technique works.


Component-based software change risk component dependency graph component dependency tree slicing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chengying Mao
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  1. 1.School of Software, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, 330013 NanchangChina
  2. 2.School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074 WuhanChina

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