A Change Impact Dependency Measure for Predicting the Maintainability of Source Code

Xiaoqing Frank Liu, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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We first articulate the theoretic difficulties with the existing metrics designed for predicting software maintainability. To overcome the difficulties, we propose to measure a purely internal and objective attribute of code, namely change impact dependency, and show how it can be modeled to predict real change impact. The proposed base measure can be further elaborated for evaluating software maintainability.