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<p>The authors report the results of an empirical research project on the consistency and limitations of the number of function points as an a priori measure of system size rather than the traditional lines-of-code measure. They conclude that function points are a more consistent a priori measure of system size. The results also indicate that the function-point estimate of size is lower for analysts experienced both in software development and in function-point estimation.</p>
estimation; evaluation; consistency; limitations; function points; a priori measure; system size; software development; function-point estimation; software engineering.

G. Low and D. Jeffery, "Function Points in the Estimation and Evaluation of the Software Process," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 16, no. , pp. 64-71, 1990.
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