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Complexity

How complex is this package?

What is Complexity?

The overall measure of Package Complexity is based on the number of different element and connector types in this package.

It is a simple indication of the level of ‘connectedness’ of the meta-model of the package, the ratio of connector types to element types:

  • The number of connector types is the number of unique combinations of
    • source element type+stereotype
    • connector type+stereotype
    • target element type+stereotype
  • The number of element types is the number of unique element type+stereotype.

For example:

A linear ‘string’ of elements and connectors: gives a ratio just less than 1

A package with ‘simple’ connections between, say, 4 elements, with, say, 4 connections: gives a ratio of 1

A complex package, where everything connects to everything, is a hard model to maintain, so it’s complexity is shown as >1

To discover why your package has this complexity score, explore the meta-model diagram.

A very low complexity figure may suggest that the package has missing relationships. A high figure, that this package may need to be simplified.

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