Software Metrics, IEEE International Symposium on (1998)
Mar. 20, 1998 to Mar. 21, 1998
Rick Vinter , EDS
Martin Loomes , University of Hertfordshire
Diana Kornbrot , University of Hertfordshire
It is generally accepted that failure to reason correctly during the early stages of software development causes developers to make incorrect decisions which can lead to the introduction of faults or anomalies in systems. Most key development decisions are usually made at the early system specification stage of a software project and developers do not receive feedback on their accuracy until near its completion. Software metrics are generally aimed at the coding or testing stages of development, however, when the repercussions of erroneous work have already been incurred. This paper presents a tentative model for predicting those parts of formal specifications which are most likely to admit erroneous inferences, in order that potential sources of human error may be reduced. The empirical data populating the model was generated during a series of cognitive experiments aimed at identifying linguistic properties of the Z notation which are prone to admit non-logical reasoning errors and biases in trained users.
Reasoning, formal, specification, software, metrics
M. Loomes, R. Vinter and D. Kornbrot, "Applying Software Metrics to Formal Specifications: A Cognitive Approach," Software Metrics, IEEE International Symposium on(METRICS), Bethesda, Maryland, 1998, pp. 216.