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    Lessons from a cross domain investigation of empirical practices

    12th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

    University of Bari, Italy, 26 - 27 June 2008


    David Budgen, John Bailey, Mark Turner, Barbara Kitchenham, Pearl Brereton, Stuart Charters


    Context: We are seeking the best ways to employ evidence-based practices in software engineering research and practice.

    Objectives: To help assess our guidelines for conducting systematic literature reviews we have investigated how other academic disciplines use evidence-based practices.

    Method: This involved performing two studies, one using a questionnaire with a set of experts, and a second using semi-structured interviews.

    Results: We have identified how disciplines with similar empirical constraints to software engineering place weight upon different forms of empirical data.

    Conclusions: We describe both the resulting changes to our systematic literature review guidelines and some issues this raises for empirical software engineering.


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