Application of Metric Measures: From Conventional Software to Expert Systems

Zhisong Chen and Ching Y. Suen

The importance of metric measures has been recognized in almost every scientific and engineering discipline, including software engineering where much progress in this application has been made. In this paper, metric measures are studied for their application to expert systems, for which little work has been done. The characteristics and organization of metric measures are discussed and presented. Due to the analogy between conventional software and expert system, a comparative study is also conducted. A new expert system metric is proposed. Test results indicate that this new measure compares favorably with others.

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