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Evaluating the Effect of Composite States on the Understandability of UML Statechart Diagrams

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Evaluating the Effect of Composite States on the Understandability of UML Statechart Diagrams
UML statechart diagrams have become an important technique for describing the dynamic behavior of a software system. They are also a significant element of OO design, especially in code generation frameworks such as Model Driven Architecture (MDA). In previous works we have defined a set of metrics for evaluating structural properties of UML statechart diagrams and have validated them as early understandability indicators, through a family of controlled experiments. Those experiments have also revealed that the number of composite states had, apparently, no influence on the understandability of the diagrams. This fact seemed a bit suspicious to us and we decided to go a step further. So in this work we present a controlled experiment and a replication, focusing on the effect of composite states on the understandability of UML statechart diagrams. The results of the experiment confirm, to some extent, our intuition that the use of composite states improves the understandability of the d...
José A. Cruz-Lemus, Marcela Genero, M. Espe
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where UML
Authors José A. Cruz-Lemus, Marcela Genero, M. Esperanza Manso, Mario Piattini
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