Retrieval of reusable components using functional similarity

S. Fäustle, M. G. Fugini, E. Damiani

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During application development under reuse, much effort is spent in retrieving suitable components. This paper presents an approach to retrieval based on software descriptions of components, and on a mechanism for computing the functional similarity of clusters of reuse candidates. Descriptions are given in a semi-formal fashion and using fuzzy weights for keywords. Algorithms for similarity computation are presented. The experimental tool for this approach manages imprecise queries posed by developers against a software repository; results about reuse of object-oriented code based on the use of the tool are presented, giving measures of recall and precision of the proposed approach.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)491-530
Number of pages40
JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996


  • Empirical methods
  • Fuzzy retrieval
  • Information storing and retrieval
  • Keyword searching
  • Reusable software components
  • Reuse support repository


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