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Title: On the reliability of mapping studies in software engineering
Other Titles: Journal of Systems and Software
Authors: Wohlin, Claes
Runeson, Per
Silveira Neto, Paulo Anselmo da Mota
Engström, Emelie
Machado, Ivan do Carmo
Almeida, Eduardo Santana de
Keywords: Systematic mapping study;Software product lines;Systematic literature review;Review of reviews;Software testing
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Background: Systematic literature reviews and systematic mapping studies are becoming increasingly common in software engineering, and hence it becomes even more important to better understand the reliability of such studies. Objective: This paper presents a study of two systematic mapping studies to evaluate the reliability of mapping studies and point out some challenges related to this type of study in software engineering. Method: The research is based on an in-depth case study of two published mapping studies on software product line testing. Results: We found that despite the fact that the two studies are addressing the same topic, there are quite a number of differences when it comes to papers included and in terms of classification of the papers included in the two mapping studies. Conclusions: From this we conclude that although mapping studies are important, their reliability cannot simply be taken for granted. Based on the findings we also provide four conjectures that further research has to address to make secondary studies (systematic mapping studies and systematic literature reviews) even more valuable to both researchers and practitioners.
Description: Texto completo: acesso restrito. p. 2594–2610
URI: http://repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/14874
ISSN: 0164-1212
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