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Optimum software release policy with random life cycle

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2 Author(s)
W. Y. Yun ; Pusan Nat. Univ., South Korea ; D. S. Bai

A software release problem based on four software reliability growth models (SRGMs) with random life-cycle length is studied. Test of the software system is terminated after time T and released (sold) to the user at a price. The price of the software system and three cost components are considered, and average total profit is used as a criterion. The optimal values of release times are shown to be finite and unique. Hence, the optimal solutions can be obtained numerically by, for example, a bisection method. A numerical example indicates that the optimal release time increases as (1) the error rate in each model decreases and (2) the difference between the error fixing cost during the test phase and that during the operational phase increases. The case of unknown model parameters is considered only for the Jelinski-Moranda model because a Bayes model is not available for other SRGMs. The release decision depends on testing time, but other stopping rules, for example based on the number of corrected errors, can be considered

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 2 )