Evidence-Informed Software Engineering and the Systematic Literature Review

Authored by: David Budgen , Pearl Brereton

Computing Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439898529
eBook ISBN: 9781439898536
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In this chapter, we first introduce the evidence-based paradigm, discuss its origins and use in a variety of disciplines, and consider how it can be used in software engineering. We then describe how a secondary study in the form of a systematic literature review (SLR) can be performed in software engineering. After that, we examine the profile of existing secondary studies and what they can tell us, as well as discussing some “gaps” that need to be addressed. Finally, we consider how the use of evidence-based studies might form the basis for evidence-informed software engineering practices.

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