A visual analytics architecture for the analysis and understanding of software systems

  • Antonio González-Torres Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT
  • José Navas-Sú Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT
  • Marco Hernández-Vásquez Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT
  • Franklin Hernández-Castro Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT
  • Jennier Solano-Cordero Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT
Keywords: Code analysis, repository mining, software visualization, metrics.


Visual analytics facilitates the creation of knowledge to interpret trends and relationships for better decision making. However, it has not being used widely for the understanding of software systems and the change process that takes place during their development and maintenance. This occurs despite the need of project managers and developers to analyze their systems to calculate the complexity, cohesion, direct, indirect and logical coupling, detect clones, defects and bad smells, and the comparison of individual revisions. This research considers the design of an extensible and scalable architecture to incorporate new and existing methods to retrieve source code from different versioning systems, to carry out the analysis of programs in different languages, to perform the calculation of software metrics and to present the results using visual representations, incorporated as Eclipse and Visual Studio extensions. Consequently, the aim of this work is to design a visual analytics architecture for the analysis and understanding of systems in different languages and its main contributions are the specification of the design and requirements of such architecture, taking as base the lessons learned in Maleku (A. González-Torres et al., 2016).


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Author Biographies

Antonio González-Torres, Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT

Antonio González Torres cuenta con un Doctorado en Informática y Automática y un Máster Universitario en Sistemas Inteligentes de la Universidad de Salamanca (España), y cursó la Maestría en Computación e Informática y el Bachillerato en Informática Empresarial de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). En la actualidad es profesor investigador en el Tecnológico de Costa Rica y la ULACIT, coordina el proyecto AVIB y cuenta con 20 años de experiencia profesional tanto en la industria como la academia. Como parte de su trabajo de investigación ha publicado 25 artículos, los cuales han aparecido en proceedings de conferencias y revistas científicas internacionales.

José Navas-Sú, Costa Rica Institute of Technology and ULACIT

José Navas Sú es profesor investigador en el Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) y cuenta con más de 25 de experiencia profesional, los cuales ha laborado, en su mayoría, en diferentes empresas de la industria de software. Su amplia experiencia lo ha llevado a participar en un gran número de proyectos que han sido puestos en producción de forma exitosa en diferentes instituciones y organizaciones. El profesor Navas se desempeña como profesor en la Escuela de Ingeniería en Computación y como investigador en el proyecto AVIB. Cuenta con el Bachillerato en Ingeniería en Computación y la Maestría Académica en Ciencias de la Computación del TEC, y en la actualidad se encuentran cursando el Doctorado en Ingeniería que imparte de forma conjunta el TEC y la UCR. 


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How to Cite
González-Torres, A., Navas-Sú, J., Hernández-Vásquez, M., Hernández-Castro, F., & Solano-Cordero, J. (2019). A visual analytics architecture for the analysis and understanding of software systems. Enfoque UTE, 10(1), pp. 218 - 233. https://doi.org/10.29019/enfoqueute.v10n1.455
Computer Science, ICTs