Title page for ETD etd-04122010-083707

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gibbins, Wilson K.
URN etd-04122010-083707
Title The relationship among commenting style, software complexity metrics, and software maintainability
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science and Applications
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Henry, Sallie M. Committee Chair
Arthur, James D. Committee Member
Balci, Osman Committee Member
  • Software maintenance
Date of Defense 1988-05-15
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Programmers are encouraged to comment their source programs, yet the value of the comments is not easily verified. In this study, the relationships between comment quantity and software metrics are assessed to determine whether programmers increase comment quantity in complex modules. In addition, comment quantity and software metrics are related to software maintenance data. It was found that software complexity, as measured by software metrics, accounts for a substantial portion of the variance in comment quantity. Additionally, comment quantity has no statistically significant relationship to software maintainability for the task studied.

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