Content Analysis of Conclusions of Empirical Studies in Software Engineering

worked on by: Lars Spitzlay

A group of 8 participants of course Empirical Methods in Informatics has attempted to characterize the "Conclusion(s)" sections of empirical works in the ICSE technical research track as follows:
  • using Open Coding, derive a set of concepts by which to characterize and classify the contents of those sections
  • using Content Analysis, quantify the observations in terms of those concepts by using them as codes

The work for this thesis is
  • taking part in that group
  • analyzing the quality of the outcomes
  • deriving an improved set of concepts
  • applying them on at least some part of the articles
  • present the results
  • analyze the differences to the course outcomes and speculate about the reasons