An inheritance flow model for class hierarchy analysis

Jiun Liang Chen, Feng-Jian Wang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents an inheritance flow model, which represents the inheritance relationships among classes as a flow graph. A flow operation is associated with each attribute and method in a class to denote the defined (redefined) or inherited member. An inherited member can be deemed as being handled by a sequence of flow operations along a path in the flow graph. This model provides several analyses in a class hierarchy, such as implicit inherited member and polymorphic method invocation. These analyses may be applied in various fields of software engineering, such as static analysis, maintenance, and complexity measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalInformation Processing Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 30 Jun 1998


  • Class hierarchy
  • Object-oriented
  • Programming language
  • Software engineering


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