Experimental validation in software engineering

TitleExperimental validation in software engineering
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsZelkowitz MV, Wallace D
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Pagination735 - 743
Date Published1997///
ISBN Number0950-5849
Keywordsdata collection, Evaluation, experimentation, measurement

Although experimentation is an accepted approach toward scientific validation in most scientific disciplines, it only recently has gained acceptance within the software development community. In this paper we discuss a 12-model classification scheme for performing experimentation within the software development domain. We evaluate over 600 published papers in the computer science literature and over one hundred papers from other scientific disciplines in order to determine: (1) how well the computer science community is succeeding at validating its theories, and (2) how computer science compares to other scientific disciplines.