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Software quality modeling and analysis with limited or without defect data

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2005
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The key to developing high-quality software is the measurement and modeling of software quality. In practice, software measurements are often used as a resource to model and comprehend the quality of software. The use of software measurements to understand quality is accomplished by a software quality model that is trained using software metrics and defect data of similar, previously developed, systems. The model is then applied to estimate quality of the target software project. Such an approach assumes that defect data is available for all program modules in the training data. Various practical issues can cause an unavailability or limited availability of defect data from the previously developed systems. This dissertation presents innovative and practical techniques for addressing the problem of software quality analysis when there is limited or completely absent defect data. The proposed techniques for software quality analysis without defect data include an expert-based approach with unsupervised clustering and an expert-based approach with semi-supervised clustering. The proposed techniques for software quality analysis with limited defect data includes a semi-supervised classification approach with the Expectation-Maximization algorithm and an expert-based approach with semi-supervised clustering. Empirical case studies of software measurement datasets obtained from multiple NASA software projects are used to present and evaluate the different techniques. The empirical results demonstrate the attractiveness, benefit, and definite promise of the proposed techniques. The newly developed techniques presented in this dissertation is invaluable to the software quality practitioner challenged by the absence or limited availability of defect data from previous software development experiences.
Title: Software quality modeling and analysis with limited or without defect data.
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Name(s): Seliya, Naeem A.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Khoshgoftaar, Taghi M., Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 219 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The key to developing high-quality software is the measurement and modeling of software quality. In practice, software measurements are often used as a resource to model and comprehend the quality of software. The use of software measurements to understand quality is accomplished by a software quality model that is trained using software metrics and defect data of similar, previously developed, systems. The model is then applied to estimate quality of the target software project. Such an approach assumes that defect data is available for all program modules in the training data. Various practical issues can cause an unavailability or limited availability of defect data from the previously developed systems. This dissertation presents innovative and practical techniques for addressing the problem of software quality analysis when there is limited or completely absent defect data. The proposed techniques for software quality analysis without defect data include an expert-based approach with unsupervised clustering and an expert-based approach with semi-supervised clustering. The proposed techniques for software quality analysis with limited defect data includes a semi-supervised classification approach with the Expectation-Maximization algorithm and an expert-based approach with semi-supervised clustering. Empirical case studies of software measurement datasets obtained from multiple NASA software projects are used to present and evaluate the different techniques. The empirical results demonstrate the attractiveness, benefit, and definite promise of the proposed techniques. The newly developed techniques presented in this dissertation is invaluable to the software quality practitioner challenged by the absence or limited availability of defect data from previous software development experiences.
Identifier: 9780542126772 (isbn), 12151 (digitool), FADT12151 (IID), fau:9058 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2005.
Subject(s): Software measurement
Computer software--Quality control
Computer software--Reliability--Mathematical models
Software engineering--Quality control
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