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Titolo: Fractal dimension in software networks
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Data di pubblicazione: 2006
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EUROPHYSICS LETTERS  
Abstract: A large number of real networks are characterized by two fundamental properties: they are small world and scale-free. A recent paper demonstrated that the structure of many complex networks is also self-similar under a length-scale transformation, and calculated their fractal dimension using the "box counting" method. We studied nine large object-oriented software systems, finding that the graphs associated to these networks are self-similar. We also studied the time evolution of the fractal dimension during system growth, finding a significant correlation between the fractal dimension and object-oriented complexity metrics known to be correlated with software fault-proneness. Thus, in software systems the fractal dimension could be considered as a measure of internal complexity, and consequently of the system quality.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/95699
Tipologia:1.1 Articolo in rivista

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