Static analysis of fundamental computer science student programs

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Title: Static analysis of fundamental computer science student programs
Author: Ulans, Joseph V.
Abstract: While there has been substantial work focused on dynamic metrics , much less work has been done with static metrics . This investigation explores the relationship between the values for a set of metrics collected from C++ programs done by students enrolled in an introductory programming course at Texas Tech University . Three groups of programs prepared in response to three programming assignments were evaluated . A variety of static metrics commonly used to assess style and complexity were used . In addition to those , the code coverage of sample input was measured dynamically . A readily available commercial software package was used to calculate the metric values . The values were then analyzed using linear regression to evaluate the extent of correlation between them . While some metrics showed no meaningful correlation , a strong correlation was observed between each of the number of statements , number of operators , number of operands , and the McCabe cyclomatic complexity value .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19697
Date: 1998-05

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Static analysis of fundamental computer science student programs. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19697 .

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