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Quality Metrics and Analytics

General Introduction

The object-oriented paradigm is a dominant way in developing software systems. A basic argument of developers in favor of object-orientation is that it is closer to the way that human brains think, i.e. in terms of objects and actions. However, in order for object-oriented software development to preserve its main advantage, the developed software should stay modular and understandable. The group's focus in terms of object-oriented design is on methods and techniques that guarantee the internal and external product quality. Our work until now has been focused on GoF design patterns, code refactoring, and quality assessment. We have applied our research on some emerging application domains like game development. As future development, we aim at investigating approaches on artifact traceability, the validation of existing metrics, the introduction of new metrics and metric suites, and continue the work of the group on patterns, refactorings, component extraction and OO game development.

Research Projects

  • PROMES (Processes Models for Engineering of Embedded Systems)
    Grant: ITEA
    Period: 2013-2015

Tools and Demos

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Recent Publications

(For more publications go to the publications page for Quality Metrics and Analytics.)

Panagiotis Kouros, Theodore Chaikalis, Elvira-Maria Arvanitou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, and Theodore Amanatidis. JCaliper: Search-Based Technical Debt Management. In 34th Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC’ 19). ACM, 2019.   pdf
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Daniel Feitosa, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Paris Avgeriou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Elisa Yumi Nakagawa. What can Violations of Good Practices tell about the Relationship between GoF Patterns and Run-time Quality Attributes? Information and Software Technology, 105, 2019.   pdf
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Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Stamatia Bibi, Paris Avgeriou, Marijn Verbeek, and Alexander Chatzigeorgiou. Identifying, Categorizing and Mitigating Threats to Validity in Software Engineering Secondary Studies. Information and Software Technology, 106, 2019.   doi
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Panagiotis Kyriakakis, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Stelios Xynogalos, and Apostolos Ampatzoglou. Exploring the Frequency and Change Proneness of Dynamic Feature Pattern Instances in PHP Applications. Science of Computer Programming, 2019.   pdf
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Alexander Lampropoulos, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Stamatia Bibi, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Ioannis Stamelos. REACT: A Process for Improving Open-Source Software Reuse. In 11th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology (QUATIC’ 18). IEEE Computer Society, 2018.   pdf
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Daniel Feitosa, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Paris Avgeriou, Frank J. Affonso, Hugo Andrade, Katia Romero Felizardo, and Elisa Yumi Nakagawa. Design Approaches for Critical Embedded System: A Systematic Mapping Study. In Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering. CCIS, Springer, 2018.   doi
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Lazaros Papadopoulos, Charalampos Marantos, Georgios Digkas, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Dimitrios Soudris. Interrelations between Software Quality Metrics, Performance and Energy Consumption in Embedded Applications. In 21st International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems (SCOPES’ 18). ACM, 2018.   pdf
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Sofia Charalampidou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Nikolaos Tsiridis. Integrating Requirement Specifications and Source Code Traceability within the IDE to Prevent Documentation Debt. In 44th Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). IEEE Computer Society, 2018.   pdf
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Sofia Charalampidou, Elvira-Maria Arvanitou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Paris Avgeriou, and Ioannis Stamelos. Structural Quality Metrics as Indicators of the Long Method Bad Smell: An Empirical Study. In 44th Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). IEEE Computer Society, 2018.   pdf
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Georgios Digkas, Mircea Lungu, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, and Paris Avgeriou. How Do Developers Pay Back Technical Debt in the Apache Ecosystem. In 25th International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER). IEEE, 2018.   pdf
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Maria Eleni Paschali, Nikolaos Bafatakis, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Ioannis Stamelos. Tool-Assisted Game Scenario Representation through Flow Charts. In 13th International Conference on the Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering (ENASE’ 18). ScitePress, 2018.   pdf
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Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Stamatia Bibi, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Paris Avgeriou, and Ioannis Stamelos. Reusability Index: A Measure for Assessing Software Assets Reusability. In 17th International Conference on Software Reuse (ICSR). Springer, 2018.   pdf
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Areti Ampatzoglou, Alexander Michailidis, Christos Sarikyriakidis, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Paris Avgeriou. A Framework for Managing Interest in Technical Debt: An Industrial Validation. In 2018 International Conference on Technical Debt (TechDEBT). ACM, 2018.   pdf
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Peggy Skiada, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Elvira-Maria Arvanitou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Ioannis Stamelos. Exploring the Relationship between Software Modularity and Technical Debt. In 44th Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). IEEE Computer Society, 2018.   pdf
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Daniel Feitosa, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Paris Avgeriou, and Elisa Yumi Nakagawa. Correlating Pattern Grime and Quality Attributes. IEEE Access, 6, 2018.   pdf
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Theodoros Amanatidis, Nikolaos Mittas, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, and Lefteris Angelis. The developer’s dilemma: Factors affecting the Decision to Repay Code Debt. In 2018 International Conference on Technical Debt (TechDEBT). ACM, 2018.   pdf
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