Analizo::Metric::LackOfCohesionOfMethods - Lack of Cohesion of Methods (LCOM4) metric


The metric calculation is based on the following article and calculates the cohesion of the class.


   M. Hitz and B. Montazeri, "Measuring coupling and cohesion in
   object-oriented systems," in Proceedings of the International. Symposium on
   Applied Corporate Computing, 1995.

The LCOM4 value for a module is the number of connected components of an undirected graph, where the nodes are the module's subroutines (methods, functions etc.), and the edges indicate that two subroutines use at least one attribute/variable in common, or that one subroutines calls the other. These connected components represent independent parts of a module, and modules that have more than one of them have independent, distinct responsibilities.

You can see a study using the LCOM4 metric on the following paper:

   Terceiro, Antonio, et al. "Understanding structural complexity evolution: A
   quantitative analysis." Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR), 2012
   16th European Conference on. IEEE, 2012. NBR 6023

For a comparative study on the various LCOM1, LCOM2, LCOM3, LCOM4 and LCOM5 see:

   Kaur, Taranjeet, and Rupinder Kaur. "Comparison of various lacks of Cohesion
   Metrics." International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT)
   4.5 (2013). NBR 6023