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Dynamically Weighted Combination of Fault - based Software Reliability Growth Models


  • School of Computing, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu, India


Background/Objective: The Software Reliability Growth Models (SRGMs) are mainly used to plan and execute system testing in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The objective of this research paper is to propose a dynamically weighted fault based combination model for application during this phase of reliability growth testing of software systems. Methods: A dynamically weighted fault based SRGM, which describes equally well the exponential growth and S-shaped growth of mean value function in a software testing process is proposed. Non-linear regression methodology was deployed for parameter estimation of (SRGMs).The curve fitting tool in MATLABTm is used for this purpose. The coefficient of determination R2, Sum of Squared Errors (SSE), Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) is the goodness of fit measures used to assess the quality of fitting of the SRGMs. Findings: It is found that the proposed combination model describes the failure data better than the constituent models used for combining as revealed by the goodness of fit measures. Applications/ Improvements: The new model can be applied to model reliability growth during testing in software projects with varying characteristics. The model additionally provides vital quality metrics, which can be used to manage the current and future software projects.


Dynamically Weighted Combination Model, Exponential Growth, Goodness of Fit, S-shaped Growth, Software Reliability Growth Model.

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