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Experimental Validation in Software Engineering

Published

Author(s)

M V. Zelkowitz, D Wallace

Abstract

Although experimentation is an accepted approach toward scientific validation in most scientific disciplines, it only recently has gained acceptance within the software development community. In this paper we discuss a 12-model classification scheme for performing experimentation within the software development domain. We evaluate over 600 published papers in the computer science literature and over one hundred papers from other scientific disciplines in order to determine: (1) how well the computer science community is succeeding at validating its theories, and (2) how computer science compares to other scientific disciplines.
Citation
Information and Software Technology
Volume
39

Keywords

Data collection, evaluation, experimentation, measurement

Citation

Zelkowitz, M. and Wallace, D. (1997), Experimental Validation in Software Engineering, Information and Software Technology (Accessed December 4, 2023)
Created March 24, 1997, Updated February 17, 2017