An Empirical Study on Using Stereotypes to Improve Understanding of UML Models

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Ludwik Kuzniarz, Miroslaw Staron, Claes Wohlin
Title: An Empirical Study on Using Stereotypes to Improve Understanding of UML Models
Conference name: Proceedings of 12th International Workshop on Program Comprehension
Year: 2004
Pagination: 14-23
ISI number: 000222969700002
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tek.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: Claes.Wohlin@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Stereotypes were introduced into the Unified Modeling
Language (UML) to provide means of customizing this
visual, general purpose, object-oriented modeling
language, for its usage in specific application domains.
The primary purpose of stereotypes is to brand an existing
model element with a specific semantics. In addition,
stereotypes can also be used as notational shorthand. The
paper elaborates on this role of stereotypes from the
perspective of UML, clarifies the role and describes a
controlled experiment aimed at evaluation of the role – in
the context of model understanding. The results of the
experiment support the claim that stereotypes with
graphical icons for their representation play a significant
role in comprehension of models and show the size of the
improvement.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
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