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A Mixed Method Approach for Efficient Component Retrieval from a Component Repository

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Author(s): Jasmine Kalathipparambil Sudhakaran | Ramaswamy Vasantha

Journal: Journal of Software Engineering and Applications
ISSN 1945-3116

Volume: 04;
Issue: 07;
Start page: 442;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Software Reuse | Component Retrieval | Vector Space Model Algorithm

ABSTRACT
A continuing challenge for software designers is to develop efficient and cost-effective software implementations. Many see software reuse as a potential solution; however, the cost of reuse tends to outweigh the potential benefits. The costs of software reuse include establishing and maintaining a library of reusable components, searching for applicable components to be reused in a design, as well as adapting components toward a proper implementation. In this context, a new method is suggested here for component classification and retrieval which consists of K-nearest Neighbor (KNN) algorithm and Vector space Model Approach. We found that this new approach gives a higher accuracy and precision in component selection and retrieval process compared to the existing formal approaches.
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