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Contemporary Empirical Methods in Software Engineering

  • Michael Felderer
  • Guilherme Horta Travassos

Benefits

  • Presents contemporary empirical methods in software engineering that will impact future research

  • Gathers contributions related to the plurality of research methodologies, data collection and processing, aggregation and synthesis of evidence, and knowledge transfer

  • Is equally suitable for academics aiming to expand the field and for industrial researchers and practitioners looking for novel ways to check the validity of their assumptions and experiences

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael Felderer, Guilherme Horta Travassos
    Pages 1-24
  3. Study Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Klaas-Jan Stol, Brian Fitzgerald
      Pages 27-62
    3. Stefan Wagner, Daniel Mendez, Michael Felderer, Daniel Graziotin, Marcos Kalinowski
      Pages 93-125
    4. Per Runeson, Emelie Engström, Margaret-Anne Storey
      Pages 127-147
  4. Data Collection, Production, and Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Fabian Fagerholm, Thomas Fritz
      Pages 151-172
    3. Marta Sabou, Dietmar Winkler, Stefan Biffl
      Pages 173-215
    4. Ezequiel Scott, Fredrik Milani, Dietmar Pfahl
      Pages 217-233
    5. Breno Bernard Nicolau de França, Nauman Bin Ali
      Pages 263-287
    6. Richard Torkar, Robert Feldt, Carlo A. Furia
      Pages 289-324
  5. Knowledge Acquisition and Aggregation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Katia R. Felizardo, Jeffrey C. Carver
      Pages 327-355
    3. Bruno Cartaxo, Gustavo Pinto, Sergio Soares
      Pages 357-384
    4. Vahid Garousi, Michael Felderer, Mika V. Mäntylä, Austen Rainer
      Pages 385-413
    5. Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Stamatia Bibi, Paris Avgeriou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou
      Pages 415-441
    6. Paulo Sérgio Medeiros dos Santos, Guilherme Horta Travassos
      Pages 443-474

About this book

Introduction

This book presents contemporary empirical methods in software engineering related to the plurality of research methodologies, human factors, data collection and processing, aggregation and synthesis of evidence, and impact of software engineering research. The individual chapters discuss methods that impact the current evolution of empirical software engineering and form the backbone of future research.

Following an introductory chapter that outlines the background of and developments in empirical software engineering over the last 50 years and provides an overview of the subsequent contributions, the remainder of the book is divided into four parts: Study Strategies (including e.g. guidelines for surveys or design science); Data Collection, Production, and Analysis (highlighting approaches from e.g. data science, biometric measurement, and simulation-based studies); Knowledge Acquisition and Aggregation (highlighting literature research, threats to validity, and evidence aggregation); and Knowledge Transfer (discussing open science and knowledge transfer with industry).

Empirical methods like experimentation have become a powerful means of advancing the field of software engineering by providing scientific evidence on software development, operation, and maintenance, but also by supporting practitioners in their decision-making and learning processes. Thus the book is equally suitable for academics aiming to expand the field and for industrial researchers and practitioners looking for novel ways to check the validity of their assumptions and experiences.

Chapter 17 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Keywords

Evidence-based Software Engineering Experimentation Biometric Measurement Systematic Reviews Design Science Open Science Bayesian Data Analysis Knowledge Transfer Empirical Software Engineering Empirical Studies Software Development Techniques Software development process management Collaboration in software development Software Development Techniques Software development process management Collaboration in software development

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Felderer
    • 1
  • Guilherme Horta Travassos
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Systems Engineering and Computer ScienceFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

About the editors


Michael Felderer is a professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a guest professor at the Department of Software Engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. His fields of expertise and interest include software quality, testing, software processes, data-driven engineering, software analytics and measurement, requirements engineering, model-based software engineering, and empirical research methodology in software and security engineering. His research has a strong empirical focus also using methods of data science and is directed towards development and evaluation of efficient and effective methods to improve quality and value of industrial software systems and processes in close collaboration with companies. He has more than 10 years of industrial experience as a senior executive consultant, project manager and software engineer and is an internationally recognized member of the software engineering research community.

Guilherme Horta Travassos is a professor at the Systems Engineering and Computer Science Program (PESC), COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a CNPq Researcher and an ISERN member. He leads the Experimental Software Engineering Group at COPPE/UFRJ since 2001, after coming back from a post-doctoral at UMCP/USA and NASA/SEL. His research interests concern experimental software engineering and the engineering of contemporary software systems (Internet of things, industry 4.0, and context-awareness, among others) and involve software quality, software verification, validation and testing, ubiquitous systems, simulation, and environments and tools to support the development and evolution of experimentation and development methods in software engineering. He also intensively collaborates with the software industry through research and development projects at the COPPE/UFRJ.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contemporary Empirical Methods in Software Engineering
  • Editors Michael Felderer
    Guilherme Horta Travassos
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32489-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-32488-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32491-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32489-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 525
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 42 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Software Engineering
    Software Management
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“The book is highly recommended to read for, in particular, Ph.D. students and researchers interested in conducting high-quality software engineering research aspiring to apply empirical research methods for today and the future.” (From the foreword by Prof. Claes Wohlin, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)