Preliminary Guidelines for Empirical Research in Software Engineering

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TypeTechnical Report
Subjectempirical software research; research guidelines; statistical mistakes; directives de recherche; erreurs statistiques
AbstractEmpirical software engineering research needs research guidelines to improve the research and reporting processes. We propose a preliminary set of research guidelines aimed at stimulating discussion among software researchers. They are based on a review of research guidelines developed for medical researchers and on our own experience in doing and reviewing software engineering research. The guidelines are intended to assist researchers, reviewers and meta-analysts in designing, conducting and evaluating empirical studies. Editorial boards of software engineering journals may wish to use our recommendations as a basis for developing guidelines for reviewers and for framing policies for dealing with the design, data collection and analysis and reporting of empirical studies.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number44158
NPARC number8914084
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