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Re: Icebergs - XML file metrics

I'd also include # of distinct element names and # distinct attribute names.  Perhaps w/ # of occurrences for each.

At 04:41 PM 3/23/01 +0000, Robin LaFontaine wrote:
>Can anyone help with this: Is there a way of 'profiling' an XML file 
>to indicate its characteristics?
>We test our XML comparators on large files, but a 5Mb XML file could 
>have twenty XML tags or 20,000 and it could be deeply nested or flat. 
>So, are there any metrics to help in this characterization?
>Seems sensible to use ratios as far as possible, so that they are 
>comparable for different file sizes, perhaps:
>1. File size (not a ratio)
>2. No. of elements / file size in kb = no. of elements/kb (or Mb perhaps?)
>3. No. of attributes / no. of elements = no. of attributes/element
>4. No. of text nodes / no. of elements = no. of text nodes/element
>5. No. of text nodes / no. of unique text nodes = text re-use index
>6. No. of attribute values / no. of unique attr. values = attribute 
>value re-use index
>7. (sum for each element of no. of ancestors for the element) / no. 
>of elements = Average depth (iceberg factor).
>Last one indicates nesting depth, e.g.
><a> <b/><b/><b/><b/></a> = (0+1+1+1+1)/5 = 0.8
><a> <b><b><b><b></b></b>/<b></b> </a> = (0+1+2+3+4)/5 = 10/5 = 2
><a> <b><b><b><b> <b><b><b><b> </b></b>/<b></b> </b></b>/<b></b> </a> 
>= (0+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)/5 = 36/9 = 4
>Perhaps someone has already developed a different set of metrics.
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take it easy,
Charles Reitzel