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Software Reliability Models: Assumptions, Limitations, and Applicability
December 1985 (vol. 11 no. 12)
pp. 1411-1423
A.L. Goel, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computer and Information Science, Syracuse University
A number of analytical models have been proposed during the past 15 years for assessing the reliability of a software system. In this paper we present an overview of the key modeling approaches, provide a critical analysis of the underlying assumptions, and assess the limitations and applicability of these models during the software development cycle. We also propose a step-by-step procedure for fitting a model and illustrate it via an analysis of failure data from a medium-sized real-time command and control software system.
Index Terms:
times between failures, Estimation, failure count models, fault seeding, input domain models, model fitting, NHPP, software reliability
Citation:
A.L. Goel, "Software Reliability Models: Assumptions, Limitations, and Applicability," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 1411-1423, Dec. 1985, doi:10.1109/TSE.1985.232177
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