Usage-based chunking of software architecture information to assist information finding

Su, Moon Ting, Hosking, John, Grundy, John and Tempero, Ewan 2016, Usage-based chunking of software architecture information to assist information finding, Journal of systems and software, vol. 122, pp. 215-238, doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2016.09.009.

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Title Usage-based chunking of software architecture information to assist information finding
Author(s) Su, Moon Ting
Hosking, John
Grundy, JohnORCID iD for Grundy, John
Tempero, Ewan
Journal name Journal of systems and software
Volume number 122
Start page 215
End page 238
Total pages 24
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 1873-1228
Keyword(s) Usage-based chunking
Software architecture document
Information finding
Summary One of the key problems with Software Architecture Documents (ADs) 2 is the difficulty of finding in- formation required from them. Most existing studies focus on the production of ADs or Architectural Knowledge (AK) 3 , to allow them to support information finding. However, there has been little focus placed on the consumption of ADs. To address this, we postulate the existence of a concept of “usage- based chunks”of architectural information discoverable from consumers’ usage of ADs when they engage in information-seeking tasks. In a set of user studies, we have found evidence that such usage-based chunks exist and that useful chunks can be identified from one type of usage data, namely, consumer’s ratings of sections of ADs. This has implications for tool design to support the effective reuse of AK.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jss.2016.09.009
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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