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Assessing the Influence of Stereotypes on the Comprehension of UML Sequence Diagrams: A Family of Experiments

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dc.contributor.author Cruz-Lemus, José A. es_ES
dc.contributor.author Genero Bocco, Marcela es_ES
dc.contributor.author Caivano, Danilo es_ES
dc.contributor.author Abrahao Gonzales, Silvia Mara es_ES
dc.contributor.author Insfrán Pelozo, César Emilio es_ES
dc.contributor.author Carsí Cubel, José Ángel es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-12T12:56:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.issn 0950-5849
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/33471
dc.description.abstract [EN] Context: The conventional wisdom states that stereotypes are used to clarify or extend the meaning of model elements and consequently should be helpful in comprehending the diagram semantics. Objective: The main goal of this work is to present a family of experiments that we have carried out to investigate whether the use of stereotypes improves the comprehension of UML sequence diagrams. Method: The family of experiments consists of an experiment and two replications carried out with 78, 29 and 36 undergraduate Computer Science students, respectively. The comprehension of UML sequence diagrams with and without stereotypes was analyzed from three different perspectives borrowed from the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (CTML): semantic comprehension, retention and transfer. In addition, we carried out a meta-analysis study to integrate the different data samples. Results: The statistical analysis and meta-analysis of the data obtained from each experiment separately indicates that the use of the proposed stereotypes helps improving the comprehension of the diagrams, especially when the subjects are not familiar with the domain. Conclusions: The set of stereotypes presented in this work seem to be helpful for a better comprehension of UML sequence diagrams, especially with not well-known domains. Although further research is necessary for strengthening these results, introducing these stereotypes both in academia and industry could be an interesting practice for checking the validity of the results es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship This research is part of the following projects: "MEDUSAS (IDI-20090557)" and "Proyecto Integrado ORIGIN (IDI-2010043(1-5))" financed by CDTI and FEDER; "ECCOO (TRA2009_0074)", "MAGO/PEGASO (TIN2009-13718)" and "MULTIPLE (TIN2009-13838)" financed by MICINN; MECCA (PI12109-0075-8394) and IMPACTUM (PEII11-0330-4414) financed by JCCM and CALIMO funded by the Generalitat Valenciana.
dc.format.extent 13 es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Elsevier es_ES
dc.relation CDTI/IDI-20090557 es_ES
dc.relation MICINN/TRA2009_0074 es_ES
dc.relation JCCM/PI12109-0075-8394 es_ES
dc.relation CDTI/IDI-2010043(1-5) es_ES
dc.relation MICINN/TIN2009-13718
dc.relation JCCM/PEII11-0330-4414
dc.relation.ispartof Information and Software Technology es_ES
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Stereotypes es_ES
dc.subject UML sequence diagrams es_ES
dc.subject Comprehension es_ES
dc.subject Family of experiments es_ES
dc.subject Meta-analysis es_ES
dc.subject.classification LENGUAJES Y SISTEMAS INFORMATICOS es_ES
dc.title Assessing the Influence of Stereotypes on the Comprehension of UML Sequence Diagrams: A Family of Experiments es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.embargo.lift 10000-01-01
dc.embargo.terms forever es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.infsof.2011.07.002
dc.rights.accessRights Cerrado es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación - Departament de Sistemes Informàtics i Computació es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Cruz-Lemus, JA.; Genero Bocco, M.; Caivano, D.; Abrahao Gonzales, SM.; Insfrán Pelozo, CE.; Carsí Cubel, JÁ. (2011). Assessing the Influence of Stereotypes on the Comprehension of UML Sequence Diagrams: A Family of Experiments. Information and Software Technology. 53(12):1391-1403. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-87875-9_20 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod Senia es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2011.07.002 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 1391 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 1403 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 53 es_ES
dc.description.issue 12 es_ES
dc.relation.senia 214455
dc.contributor.funder Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
dc.contributor.funder Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha
dc.contributor.funder Generalitat Valenciana


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