Software metrics are widely used to measure software complexity and assure software quality. However, research in the field of the software complexity measurement of a class hierarchy has not yet been carefully studied. In this paper, we introduce a novel factor named unit repeated inheritance (URI) and an important method named inheritance level technique (ILT) to realize and measure the object-oriented software complexity of a class hierarchy. The approach is based on the graph-theoretical model for measuring the hierarchical complexity in inheritance relations. The proposed metrics extraction shows that inheritance has a close relation to the object-oriented software measurement and reveals that overuse of the repeated (multiple) inheritance will increase software complexity and be prone to implicit software errors.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1997|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems - Monterey, CA, USA|
Duration: 24 Mar 1997 → 28 Mar 1997
|Conference||Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems|
|City||Monterey, CA, USA|
|Period||24/03/97 → 28/03/97|