Mitigating threats to validity in empirical software engineering: A traceability case study

Nasser Mustafa, Yvan Labiche, Dave Towey

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Abstract

The issue of validity threats in empirical software engineering research is important. However, some authors overlook this, focusing on validating their work through application of fundamental testing techniques, instead. However, testing is different to empirical validation, with the latter being more concerned about how experimental conclusions are justified. An important factor that can render an experimental conclusion incorrect is researcher’s bias, which can be especially relevant when setting the experimental parameters. Therefore, consideration of validity threats is essential to enable confidence in research results and assure the research quality. This paper provides a practical approach for mitigating threats to validity in empirical software engineering using a sequence of software activities. The paper is based on a real-world traceability case study for illustration purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2019
EditorsVladimir Getov, Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Nariyoshi Yamai, Stelvio Cimato, Morris Chang, Yuuichi Teranishi, Ji-Jiang Yang, Hong Va Leong, Hossian Shahriar, Michiharu Takemoto, Dave Towey, Hiroki Takakura, Atilla Elci, Susumu Takeuchi, Satish Puri
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages324-329
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728126074
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event43rd IEEE Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2019 - Milwaukee, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference
Volume2
ISSN (Print)0730-3157

Conference

Conference43rd IEEE Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMilwaukee
Period15/07/1919/07/19

Keywords

  • Empirical software engineering
  • Traceability
  • Validity threats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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