A Coupling Metric Applying the Characteristics of Components

  • Misook Choi
  • Seojeong Lee
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3983)


A high coupling between components makes it difficult to build the modulation of software and the reuse of components, and to manage the system due to the ripple effect by software change impact. Thus, a coupling metric is required to measure the coupling between components in order to design software effectively. In this paper, we propose an approach to improving the existing component-based coupling metrics by considering the dependency about the structured relationships and the method call types between classes. In addition, we prove the theoretical soundness of the proposed metric by the axioms of briand et al. and suggest the accuracy and practicality of the proposed metric through a comparison with the conventional metrics.


Static Dependency Method Call Ripple Effect Conventional Metrics High Coupling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Misook Choi
    • 1
  • Seojeong Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Woosuk UniversityChonbukKorea
  2. 2.College of Engineering, Devision of Information and Technology, Department of Computer EngineeringKorea Maritime UniversityBusanKorea

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