Synthesizing evidence in software engineering research

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Synthesizing evidence in software engineering research
Synthesizing the evidence from a set of studies that spans many countries and years, and that incorporates a wide variety of research methods and theoretical perspectives, is probably the single most challenging task of performing a systematic review. In this paper, we perform a tertiary review to assess the types and methods of research synthesis in systematic reviews in software engineering. Almost half of the 31 studies included in our review did not contain any synthesis; of the ones that did, two thirds performed a narrative or a thematic synthesis. The results show that, despite the focus on systematic reviews, there is, currently, limited attention to research synthesis in software engineering. This needs to change and a repertoire of synthesis methods needs to be an integral part of systematic reviews to increase their significance and utility for research and practice. Categories and Subject Descriptors D.3 [Software Engineering] General Terms Management, Measurement, Experim...
Daniela Cruzes, Tore Dybå
Added 06 Dec 2010
Updated 06 Dec 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where ESEM
Authors Daniela Cruzes, Tore Dybå
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