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Stability assessment provides software managers with early insight into trends in software evolution, and thus assists them in managing and controlling long-lived software systems. However, there are few empirical studies that have been conducted to relate software metrics with external quality attributes of aspect-oriented software in general, and metrics have not been evaluated as indicators of aspect stability in particular. This paper investigates the relationships between 13 aspect-oriented metrics and aspect stability. These metrics measure different structural properties of an aspect: size, coupling, cohesion, and inheritance.
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