Towards A Dependency-Driven Taxonomy of Software Types

Andrea Capiluppi, Nemitari Ajienka

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Context: The evidence on software health and ecosystems could be improved if there was a systematic way to identify the types of software for which empirical evidence applies. Results and guidelines on software health are unlikely to be globally applicable: the context and the domain where the evidence has been tested are more likely to influence the results on software maintenance and health. Objective: The objectives of this paper are (i) to discuss the implications of adopting a specific taxonomy of software types, and (ii) to define, where possible, dependencies or similarities between parts of the taxonomy. Method: We discuss bottom-up and top-down taxonomies, and we show how different taxonomies fare against each other. We also propose two case studies, based on software projects divided in categories and sub-categories. Results: We show that one taxonomy does not consistently represent another taxonomy's categories. We also show that it is possible to establish directional dependencies (e.g., 'larger than') between attributes of different categories, and sub-categories. Conclusion: This paper establishes the need of directional-driven dependencies between categories of software types, that have an immediate effect on their maintenance and their relative software health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE/ACM 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering Workshops, ICSEW 2020
Subtitle of host publicationco-located with 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2020)
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450379632
Publication statusPublished - 27-Jun-2020
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 3rd International Workshop on Software Health: co-located with 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2020) - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 24-May-202024-May-2020


ConferenceThe 3rd International Workshop on Software Health
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Application Domains
  • Expert Opinions
  • FOSS
  • Latent Dirichlet Allocation
  • Machine Learning
  • OO (object-oriented)

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