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Using Neural Networks in Reliability Prediction
July/August 1992 (vol. 9 no. 4)
pp. 53-59

It is shown that neural network reliability growth models have a significant advantage over analytic models in that they require only failure history as input and not assumptions about either the development environment or external parameters. Using the failure history, the neural-network model automatically develops its own internal model of the failure process and predicts future failures. Because it adjusts model complexity to match the complexity of the failure history, it can be more accurate than some commonly used analytic models. Results with actual testing and debugging data which suggest that neural-network models are better at endpoint predictions than analytic models are presented.

Index Terms:
neural networks; reliability prediction; failure history; model complexity; debugging data; computational complexity; neural nets; software reliability
Citation:
Nachimuthu Karunanithi, Darrell Whitley, Yashwant K. Malaiya, "Using Neural Networks in Reliability Prediction," IEEE Software, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 53-59, July-Aug. 1992, doi:10.1109/52.143107
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