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      Systematic Mapping Studies in Software Engineering

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      12th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

      26 - 27 June 2008

      Systematic Mapping Studies, Systematic Reviews, Evidence Based Software Engineering

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          BACKGROUND: A software engineering systematic map is a defined method to build a classification scheme and structure a software engineering field of interest. The analysis of results focuses on frequencies of publications for categories within the scheme. Thereby, the coverage of the research field can be determined. Different facets of the scheme can also be combined to answer more specific research questions.

          OBJECTIVE: We describe how to conduct a systematic mapping study in software engineering and provide guidelines. We also compare systematic maps and systematic reviews to clarify how to chose between them. This comparison leads to a set of guidelines for systematic maps.

          METHOD: We have defined a systematic mapping process and applied it to complete a systematic mapping study. Furthermore, we compare systematic maps with systematic reviews by systematically analyzing existing systematic reviews.

          RESULTS: We describe a process for software engineering systematic mapping studies and compare it to systematic reviews. Based on this, guidelines for conducting systematic maps are defined.

          CONCLUSIONS: Systematic maps and reviews are different in terms of goals, breadth, validity issues and implications. Thus, they should be used complementarily and require different methods (e.g., for analysis).

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          Conference
          June 2008
          June 2008
          : 1-10
          Affiliations
          [1 ]School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Box 520

          SE-372 25 Ronneby
          [2 ]Ericsson AB, Box 518

          SE-371 23 Karlskrona
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EASE2008.8
          © Kai Petersen et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 12th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          12th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
          EASE
          12
          University of Bari, Italy
          26 - 27 June 2008
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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