An Experiential Report on the Limitations of Experimentation as a Means of Empirical Investigation

Chris Exton; Gabriela Avram; Jim Buckley; Andrew LeGear

This paper outlines the needs for careful empirical-design choices during the study of software practitioners. It does this by presenting a documented, but unpublished, in-vivo, empirical, group study. The study was initially conceived as an experiment but was subsequently overwhelmed by human and other factors. As a consequence, only more observational comments could be derived from the study. In this paper, the study is analyzed and discussed, as a means of illustrating the conflict that often exists between in-vivo empirical studies and the experimental paradigm.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2007 - 19th Annual Workshop
Publication Year: 2007
Paper #: 14
TitleAn Experiential Report on the Limitations of Experimentation as a Means of Empirical Investigation
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsExton, C, Avram, G, Buckley, J, LeGear, A
PPIG Workshop: 
2007-07-19th