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On searching relevant studies in software engineering

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dc.contributor.author Zhang, He
dc.contributor.author Ali Babar, Muhammad
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-04T11:06:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-04T11:06:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/730
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Systematic Literature Review (SLR) has become an important research methodology in software engineering since 2004. One critical step in applying this methodology is to design and execute appropriate and effective search strategy. This is quite time consuming and error-prone step, which needs to be carefully planned and implemented. There is an apparent need of a systematic approach to designing, executing, and evaluating a suitable search strategy for optimally retrieving the target literature from digital libraries. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of the research reported in this paper is to improve the search step of doing SLRs in SE by devising and evaluating systematic and practical approaches to identifying relevant studies in SE. OUTCOMES: We have systematically selected and analytically studied a large number of papers to understand the state-of-the-practice of search strategies in EBSE. Having identified the limitations of the current ad-hoc nature of search strategies used by SE researchers for SLR, we have devised a systematic approach to developing and executing optimal search strategies in SLRs. The proposed approach incorporates the concept of ‘quasi-gold standard’, which consists of collection of known studies and corresponding ‘quasi-sensitivity’ into the search process for evaluating search performance. We report the case study and its finding to demonstrate that the approach is able to improve the rigor of search process in an SLR, and can serves as the supplements to the guidelines for SLRs in EBSE. We plan to further evaluate the proposed approach using several case studies with varying topics in software engineering. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher British Informatics Society Ltd. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering;
dc.relation.uri http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/34792
dc.subject search strategy en_US
dc.subject quasi-gold standard en_US
dc.subject evidence-based software engineering en_US
dc.subject systematic literature review en_US
dc.title On searching relevant studies in software engineering en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.relation.projectid 03/CE2/I303_1

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