University of Hertfordshire

Using neural networks to analyse software complexity

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  • S. Field
  • N. Davey
  • R. Frank
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Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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NameUH Computer Science Technical Report
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire


Units of software are represented as points in a multidimensional space, by calculating 12 measures of software complexity for each unit. To large sets of commercial software are thereby represented as 2236 and 4456 12-ary vectors respectively. These two sets of vectors are then clustered by a variety of competitive neural networks. It is found that the software does not fall into any simple set of clusters, but that a complex pattern of clustering emerges. These clusters give a view of the structural similarity of units of code in the data sets.

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