A metrics suite for evaluating agent-oriented architectures

Valeria Seidita, Iván García-Magariño, Massimo Cossentino

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The Multi-agent Systems (MASs) paradigm continues to consolidate itself as a new branch of software engineering. Traditional software engineering strongly recommends to apply metrics in software developments. However, several research groups of experts in agent-oriented software engineering agree that classical software metrics and object-oriented metrics cannot directly measure the quality of MAS architectures. For this reason, this work proposes a suite of metrics to measure certain quality attributes of MAS architectures, considering agents and their organization. Most of these metrics are inspired by object-oriented metrics but they are adapted to agent-oriented concepts. Proposed metrics are validated by the application to four problem domains and eight architectures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


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