Scale economies and production function estimation for object-oriented software component and source code documentation size

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Abstract

In this study, we investigate the factors that influence the object-oriented (OO) component size and source code documentation. For multiple inputs and multiple outputs, we use data envelopment analysis to illustrate that non-linear variable returns to scale (VRS) economies exist for OO component size and source code documentation. The existence of non-linear variable returns to scale economies indicates that non-linear regression models will perform better than linear regression models. Using empirical data, we compare the performance of non-linear artificial neural network (ANN) forecasting model and linear regression model. Our results indicate that the ANN model performs well when VRS economies exist between multiple inputs and multiple outputs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1040-1050
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume172
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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