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AI Tools for Software Development Effort Estimation
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  • Gavin Finnie, Bond University
  • Gerhard E. Wittig, Bond University
Date of this Version
6-1-1996
Document Type
Conference Paper
Publication Details
Finnie, G and Wittig, G, AI Tools for Software Development Effort Estimation, Proceedings of the 1996 International Conference on Software Engineering: Education and Practice (SE: E&P '96). Copyright IEEE 1996
Published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Abstract
Software development involves a number of interrelated factors which affect development effort and productivity. Since many of these relationships are not well understood, accurate estimation of softare development time and effort is a dificult problem. Most estimation models in use or proposed in the literature are based on regression techniques. This paper examines the potential of two artificial intelligence approaches i.e. artificial neural network and case-based reasoning for creating development effort estimation models. Artificial neural network can provide accurate estimates when there are complex relationships between variables and where the input data is distorted by high noise levels Case-based reasoning solves problems by adapting solutions from old problems similar to the current problem. This research examines both the performance of back-propagation artificial neural networks in estimating software development effort and the potential of case-based reasoning for development estimation using the same dataset.
Citation Information
Gavin Finnie and Gerhard E. Wittig. "AI Tools for Software Development Effort Estimation" (1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gavin_finnie/12/