At the foundation of this belief is a total reliance on the scientific principles of isolation, repeatability, quantifiability
, and plausibility.
They favor all the virtues laid out in textbooks of standard methodology: testability, evidential support, precision, quantifiability
, consistency, intersubjectivity, repeatability, universality, progressiveness, independence of cultural milieu, and so on.
SLOC was selected early as a metric by researchers, no doubt due to its quantifiability
and seeming objectivity.
But we should also not overstate the quantifiability
problem for regulatory budgeting.
This conception allows the quantifiability
of evil--as in "the lesser of two evils"--construing its metric as a compound one, combining that of wrongness with that of pleasure.
The lack of quantifiability
, however, means the effect of poor design on belief probability, fact probability, and sampling error probability cannot be measured.
This emphasis on the former factors stems from the need to legitimate the practice of software design as a science; as such, quantifiability
and reproducibility are pushed to the fore.