Decomposition of inheritance hierarchy DAGs for object-oriented software metrics

Timothy K. Shih, Chi Ming Chung, Chun Chia Wang, Wen C. Pai

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages238-245
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems - Monterey, CA, USA
Duration: 24 Mar 199728 Mar 1997

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems
CityMonterey, CA, USA
Period24/03/9728/03/97

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