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A Retrieval Technique for Software Components Using Directed Replaceability Similarity

  • Hironori Washizaki
  • Yoshiaki Fukazawa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2425)

Abstract

A mechanism of retrieving software components is indispensable for component-based software development. However, conventional retrieval techniques require an additional description, and cannot evaluate the total characteristics of a component. In this paper, we propose a new similarity metric, “directed replaceability similarity” (DRS), which represents how two components differ in terms of structure, behavior, and granularity. We developed a retrieval system that automatically measures DRS between a user’s prototype component and components stored in a repository, without any source codes or additional information. As a result of evaluation experiments, it is found that the retrieval performance of our system is higher than those of conventional techniques.

Keywords

Software Component Retrieval Performance Normal Type Retrieval Technique Behavioral Similarity 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hironori Washizaki
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Fukazawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information and Computer ScienceWaseda UniversityShinjuku-kuJapan

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