Lab Package for the Empirical Investigation of
Victor Basili -
Scott Green -
Oliver Laitenberger -
Filippo Lanubile -
Forrest Shull -
Sivert Sørumgård -
We consider reading techniques to be a fundamental means of achieving
high quality software. Reading is a key technical activity for
verifying and validating software work products since it can be
performed on all documents associated with the software process and
can be applied as soon as these documents are written. Effective
reading techniques form the basis for inspection methods, which are
considered most effective in removing defects during development.
However, there has been little research emphasis on developing reading
This lab package describes an experiment that has been
designed to compare such reading techniques. In particular, we have
proposed a technique called ``perspective-based reading'', which we
compare against existing techniques in terms of defect
detection rates. We present our experiences from previous runs of this
experiment, as well as our experimental design and materials, in order
that we may serve as a source of information for other researchers to
replicate the experiment in different environments.
- What's New:
- A list of any recent additions to this lab package.
- Introduction to the Experiment:
text should provide you the overview necessary to understand the
background and context of the experiment. The Perspective-Based
Reading technique is also explained here.
- Experimental Design:
- This section describes the design of the experiment.
- We provide here some details on the statistical tests
which we used in analyzing our data. Copies of the programs we have written
to analyze our own data is provided as a model which can be adapted for the
needs of other experimenters.
- Experimental Materials:
- This section contains the various materials necessary for running
the experiment. All of them can be downloaded in postscript format.
Most can be used as is, though a few may have to be altered if used in
a replication of the experiment - these are provided as examples only.
- Experiences and Change History:
- This section contains a list of replications of this experiment
and the experiences that have been gained from them. A history of the
changes made from replication to replication is also included.
- We provide a list of references here in addition
to those listed at the end of the experience paper.
to connect to the latest version of the lab package maintained
at the University of Maryland.
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