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Identification and application of extract class refactorings in object-oriented systems

  • Author / Creator
    Fokaefs, Marios-Eleftherios
  • Software can be considered a live entity, as it undergoes many alterations throughout its lifecycle. Therefore, code can become rather complex and difficult to understand. More specifically in object-oriented systems, classes may become very large and less cohesive. In order to identify such problematic cases, existing approaches have proposed the use of cohesion metrics. While metrics can identify classes with low cohesion, they usually cannot identify new or independent concepts. In this work, we propose a class decomposition method using an clustering algorithm based on the Jaccard distance between class members. The methodology is able to identify new concepts and rank the solutions according to their impact on the design quality of the system. The methodology was evaluated in terms of assessment by designers, expert assessment and metrics. The evaluation showed the ability of the method to identify new recognizable concepts and improve the design quality of the underlying system.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3Z432
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Stroulia, Eleni (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Reformat, Marek (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Wong, Ken (Computing Science)