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Evaluating the performance of software-reliability models

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2 Author(s)
T. Downs ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Queensland Univ., Brisbane, Qld., Australia ; A. Scott

A method of quantifying the performance of software reliability models that was proposed by B. Littlewood (1980) is investigated. The method is essentially a Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness-of-fit test. It is demonstrated that although the Littlewood method is rather unconventional, the standard Kolmogrov-Smirnov tables (for the simple hypothesis) can be directly applied. On this basis, the kind of performance that can be anticipated from an ideal software reliability model is shown. A performance which overcomes a weakness in the Littlewood method is presented

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 4 )