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Software Reliability Models: Assumptions, Limitations, and Applicability

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1 Author(s)
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.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-11 ,  Issue: 12 )