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  1. Stéphane Ducasse, Michele Lanza, and Laura Ponisio. A Top-Down Program Comprehension Strategy for Packages. Technical Report IAM-04-007, University of Bern, Institut of Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, 2004. 

    Understanding packages is an important activity in the reengineering of large object-oriented systems. The relationships between packages and their contained classes can affect the cost of modifying the system. The main problem of this task is to quickly grasp the structure of a package and how it interacts with the rest of the system. In this paper we present a top-down program comprehension strategy based on polymetric views, radar charts, and software metrics. We illustrate this approach on two applications and show how we can retrieve the important characteristics of packages.