Distribution Map

Ducasse, Stephane; Gîrba, Tudor; Kuhn, Adrian (2006). Distribution Map. In: Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, September 24 - 27, 2006 (pp. 203-212). Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society

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Understanding large software systems is a challenging task, and to support it many approaches have been developed. Often, the result of these approaches categorize existing entities into new groups or associates them with mutually exclusive properties. In this paper we present the Distribution Map as a generic technique to visualize and analyze this type of result. Our technique is based on the notion of focus, which shows whether a property is well-encapsulated or cross-cutting, and the notion of spread, which shows whether the property is present in several parts of the system. We present a basic visualization and complement it with measurements that quantify focus and spread. To validate our technique we show evidence of applying it on the result sets of different analysis approaches. As a conclusion we propose that the Distribution Map technique should belong to any reverse engineering toolkit.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Ducasse, Stephane; Girba, Tudor Adrian and Kuhn, Adrian
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Language: English
Submitter: Factscience Import
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 14:47
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2013 13:42
Web of Science ID: 000241728200026
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19406 (FactScience: 2010)

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