Understanding program code is a complicated endeavor. As such, myriad different factors can influence the outcome. Investigations of program comprehension, and in particular those using controlled experiments, have to take these factors into account. In order to promote the development and use of sound experimental methodology, we discuss potential problems with regard to the experimental subjects, the code they work on, the tasks they are asked to perform, and the metrics for their performance.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 29th International Conference on Program Comprehension, ICPC 2021|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - May 2021|
|Event||29th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension, ICPC 2021 - Virtual, Online|
Duration: 20 May 2021 → 21 May 2021
|Name||2021 IEEE/ACM 29TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROGRAM COMPREHENSION (ICPC 2021)|
|Conference||29th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension, ICPC 2021|
|Period||20/05/21 → 21/05/21|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Dror Feitelson holds the Berthold Badler chair in Computer Science. This research was supported by the ISRAEL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (grant no. 832/18).
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- Code comprehension
- experimental methodology