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Establishing a search string to detect secondary studies in software engineering

Napoleão Bianca M., Felizardo Katia R., de Souza Érica F., Petrillo Fabio, Hallé Sylvain, Vijaykumar Nandamudi L. et Nakagawa Elisa Y.. (2021). Establishing a search string to detect secondary studies in software engineering. Dans : 47th Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA) , Palermo, Italie.

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Context : A tertiary study can be performed to identify related reviews on a topic of interest. However, the elaboration of an appropriate and effective search string to detect secondary studies is challenging for Software Engineering (SE) researchers.

Objective: The main goal of this study is to propose a suitable search string to detect secondary studies in SE, addressing issues such as the quantity of applied terms, relevance, recall and precision.

Method: We analyzed seven tertiary studies under two perspectives: (1) structure – strings’ terms to detect secondary studies; and (2) field: where searching – titles alone or abstracts alone or titles and abstracts together, among others. We validate our string by performing a twostep validation process. Firstly, we evaluated the capability to retrieve secondary studies over a set of 1537 secondary studies included in 24 tertiary studies in SE. Secondly, we evaluated the general capacity of retrieving secondary studies over an automated search using the Scopus digital library.

Results: Our string was capable to retrieve an optimum value of over 90% of the included secondary studies (recall) with a high general precision of almost 60%.

Conclusion: The suitable search string for finding secondary studies in SE contains the terms “systematic review”, “literature review”, “systematic mapping”, “mapping study” and “systematic map”.

Type de document:Matériel de conférence (Non spécifié)
Sujets:Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences mathématiques > Informatique
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département d'informatique et de mathématique
Mots-clés:proceedings, tertiary study, search string, secondary studies, systematic literature review, systematic mapping
Déposé le:27 oct. 2021 21:31
Dernière modification:27 oct. 2021 21:31
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