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Do Internal Software Quality Tools Measure Validated Metrics?

Conference paper
Authors Mayra Nilson
Vard Antinyan
Lucas Gren
Published in Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2019)
ISBN 978-3-030-35332-2
Publisher Springer, Cham
Publication year 2019
Published at Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords Software metrics tools Static analysis tools Metrics Attributes
Subject categories Software Engineering


Internal software quality determines the maintainability of the software product and influences the quality in use. There is a plethora of metrics which purport to measure the internal quality of software, and these metrics are offered by static software analysis tools. To date, a number of reports have assessed the validity of these metrics. No data are available, however, on whether metrics offered by the tools are somehow validated in scientific studies. The current study covers this gap by providing data on which tools and how many validated metrics are provided. The results show that a range of metrics that the tools provided do not seem to be validated in the literature and that only a small percentage of metrics are validated in the provided tools.

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