Journal Paper: Cover of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering

Identifying Error-Prone Software - An Empirical Study

  • Vincent Y. Shen, Tze-jie Yu, S.M. Thebaut, and L.R. Paulsen
  • Recorded 1985 in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering Link to IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering at www.computer.org/tse, SE-11, no. 4, April
  • Pages 317-24
  • Abstract:
    A major portion of the effort expended in developing commercial software today is associated with program testing. Schedule and/ or resource constraints frequently require that testing be conducted so as to uncover the greatest number of errors possible in the time allowed. In this paper we describe a study undertaken to assess the potential usefulness of various product-and process-related measures in identifying error-prone software. Our goal was to establish an empirical basis for the efficient utilization of limited testing resources using objective, measurable criteria. Through a detailed analysis of three software products and their error discovery histories, we have found simple metrics related to the amount of data and the structural complexity of programs to be of value for this purpose.
  • Link:
    Identifying Error-Prone Software - An Empirical Study Link to Identifying Error-Prone Software - An Empirical Study at ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?isnumber=35874&arnumber=1702015&count=16&index=1

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