Evaluation of understandability of UML class diagrams by using word similarity

Yuto Nakamura, Kazunori Sakamoto, Kiyohisa Inoue, Hironori Washizaki, Yoshiaki Fukazawa

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Abstract

UML class diagrams representing the static structure of the relations between different concepts existing in a problem are widely used in model-based software development. However, no effective measures of a class diagram's understandability yet exist. We have devised quantitative measures of a class diagram's understandability and evaluated their validity. We obtained strong correlations between the domain experts' subjective evaluations of the understandability of a class diagram and the measurements of our methods. These results indicate that our measures can effectively quantify the understandability of class diagrams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Joint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011
Pages178-187
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
EventJoint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 2011 Nov 32011 Nov 4

Publication series

NameProceedings - Joint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011

Conference

ConferenceJoint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period11/11/311/11/4

Keywords

  • Maintainability
  • Software design metrics
  • Software evaluation
  • Software metrics
  • UML class diagrams
  • Understandability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Nakamura, Y., Sakamoto, K., Inoue, K., Washizaki, H., & Fukazawa, Y. (2011). Evaluation of understandability of UML class diagrams by using word similarity. In Proceedings - Joint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011 (pp. 178-187). [6113058] (Proceedings - Joint Conference of the 21st International Workshop on Software Measurement, IWSM 2011 and the 6th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, MENSURA 2011). https://doi.org/10.1109/IWSM-MENSURA.2011.50