The following study applied the protocol analysis method from the field of cognitive science to the investigation of perspective-based reading (PBR), an individual reading technique used within software document inspections. Protocol analysis allows PBR to be understood within the broader context of human cognition by coding concurrent verbal reports collected from the subject during PBR task performance. A coding scheme is derived from relevant literature in cognitive psychology. Using a systematic literature review, several hypotheses from the software engineering literature regarding PBR performance are considered, and three are chosen for analysis. Based on correlational comparisons and frequency statistics, the merit of the proposed coding scheme is evaluated. The selected hypotheses are supported by the experiment. Lessons learned regarding the protocol analysis technique and its application to software engineering research are stressed, with an emphasis on future work.
|Advisor:||Carver, Jeffrey C.|
|Commitee:||Bradshaw, Gary L., Vaughn, Rayford B.|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Computer Science and Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cognitive psychology, Computer science|
|Keywords:||Cognitive factors, Perspective-based reading, Protocol analysis, Software engineering, Software inspections, Systematic literature review|
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