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Modeling Class Cohesion as Mixtures of Latent Topics


Yixun Liu, Denys Poshyvanyk, Rudolf Ferenc, Tibor Gyimthy and Nikos Chrisochoides.


Published in 25th International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), pages 233 -- 242, September, 2009




The paper proposes a new measure for the cohesion of classes in Object-Oriented software systems. It is based on the analysis of latent topics embedded in comments and identifiers in source code. The measure, named as Maximal Weighted Entropy, utilizes the Latent Dirichlet Allocation technique and information entropy measures to quantitatively evaluate the cohesion of classes in software. This paper presents the principles and the technology that stand behind the proposed measure. Two case studies on a large open source software system are presented. They compare the new measure with an extensive set of existing metrics and use them to construct models that predict software faults. The case studies indicate that the novel measure captures different aspects of class cohesion compared to the existing cohesion measures and improves fault prediction for most metrics, which are combined with Maximal Weighted Entropy.




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