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A Framework for Software Defect Prediction Using Neural Networks

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DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2015.88038    3,326 Downloads   4,248 Views Citations


Despite the fact that a number of approaches have been proposed for effective and accurate prediction of software defects, yet most of these have not found widespread applicability. Our objective in this communication is to provide a framework which is expected to be more effective and acceptable for predicting the defects in multiple phases across software development lifecycle. The proposed framework is based on the use of neural networks for predicting defects in software development life cycle. Further, in order to facilitate the easy use of the framework by project managers, a software graphical user interface has been developed that allows input data (including effort and defect) to be fed easily for predicting defects. The proposed framework provides a probabilistic defect prediction approach where instead of a definite number, a defect range (minimum, maximum, and mean) is predicted. The claim of efficacy and superiority of proposed framework is established through results of a comparative study, involving the proposed frame-work and some well-known models for software defect prediction.

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Vashisht, V. , Lal, M. and Sureshchandar, G. (2015) A Framework for Software Defect Prediction Using Neural Networks. Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, 8, 384-394. doi: 10.4236/jsea.2015.88038.

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