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JSW 2019 Vol.14(7): 332-339 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.14.7.332-339

A Structural Complexity Metric Method for Complex Information Systems

Aimin Luo1*, Mengmeng Zhang1, Yi Mao2, Yuxiao Kou1, Xiaoxue Zhang1
1Science and Technology on Information Systems Engineering Laboratory, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, Hunan, 410073, P.R.China
2State Key Laboratory of Air Traffic Management System and Technology, Nanjing, 210007, China

Abstract—A system structure is deemed as a trade-off between requirements and complexity. An effective measurement of structural complexity is the basis of choosing a reasonable system structure. In this paper, a structural complexity evaluation model of information systems is established through three factors: subsystem complexity, interactional complexity, and topological complexity. In addition, we introduce quantitative calculation methods related to the three factors. Finally, the proposed model is verified by the case of an air defense suppression system.

Index Terms—Structural complexity, subsystem complexity, interactional complexity, topological complexity, measurement.


Cite: Aimin Luo, Mengmeng Zhang, Yi Mao, Yuxiao Kou, Xiaoxue Zhang, "A Structural Complexity Metric Method for Complex Information Systems," Journal of Software vol. 14, no. 7, pp. 332-339, 2019.

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