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IEEE Transactions on Reliability

Issue 3 • Date Aug. 1979

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): c1
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  • IEEE Reliability Society

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): nil1
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  • [Breaker page]

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): nil1
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  • On Software Reliability Models

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 177
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  • Right Here & Now

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 177
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  • On Software Reliability A Preface by the Guest Editor

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):178 - 180
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  • Validity of Execution-Time Theory of Software Reliability

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):181 - 191
    Cited by:  Papers (167)  |  Patents (1)
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    This paper investigates the validity of the execution-time theory of software reliability. The theory is outlined, along with appropriate background, definitions, assumptions, and mathematical relationships. Both the execution time and calendar time components are described. The important assumptions are discussed. Actual data are used to test the validity of most of the assumptions. Model and act... View full abstract»

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  • Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium Proceedings Price List for 1979

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 191
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  • Application of Program Graphs and Complexity Analysis to Software Development and Testing

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):192 - 198
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    Several research studies have shown a strong relationship between program complexity, as measured by the structural properties of a program, and its error properties, as measured by number and types of errors and error detection and correction times. This research applies to: a) the setting of threshold values of complexity in software production in order to avoid undue difficulty with program deb... View full abstract»

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  • Correction to 1978 December Issue

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 198
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  • Empirical Validation of Three Software Error Prediction Models

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):199 - 205
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    From 1974 Aug to 1978 May a study to validate several mathematical models for predicting the reliability and error content of a software package against error data extracted from four large U.S.A. Department of Defense software development projects was undertaken by Rome Air Development Center. This paper will describe the results of this empirical study for three such models: Jelinski-Moranda, Sc... View full abstract»

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  • Time-Dependent Error-Detection Rate Model for Software Reliability and Other Performance Measures

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):206 - 211
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    This paper presents a stochastic model for the software failure phenomenon based on a nonhomogeneous Poisson process (NHPP). The failure process is analyzed to develop a suitable meanvalue function for the NHPP; expressions are given for several performance measures. Actual software failure data are analyzed and compared with a previous analysis. View full abstract»

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  • List of referees

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 211
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  • Discussion of Book Review

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 211
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  • Software Quality Metrics for Life-Cycle Cost-Reduction

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):212 - 220
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    This paper identifies factors or characteristics of which reliability is one, which comprise the quality of computer software. It then discusses their impact over the life of a software product, and describes a methodology for specifying them quantitatively, including them in system design, and measuring them during development. The methodology is still experimental, but is rapidly evolving toward... View full abstract»

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  • Book Reviews

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 220
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  • On the User-Requisite Variety of Computer Application Software

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):221 - 226
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    In this model for software maintenance, user demand for enhancements and extensions is an integral component. Such demand is directed toward obtaining the user-requisite variety of the software, which manifests itself by recognizing errors of discrimination and omission during a history of data processing. The concept of variety in data and programs is introduced and developed, and measures are su... View full abstract»

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  • Manuscripts Received

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 226
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  • Fault-Tolerant Software

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):227 - 232
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    Limitations in the current capabilities for verifying programs by formal proof or by exhaustive testing have led to the investigation of fault-tolerance techniques for applications where the consequence of failure is particularly severe. Two current approaches, N-version programming and the recovery block, are described. A critical feature in the latter is the acceptance test, and a number of usef... View full abstract»

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  • Improved Software Reliability Through Requirements Verification

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):233 - 240
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    Requirement errors discovered early in the development process are several orders of magnitude less expensive to fix than if these same errors are discovered late in the development process. Therefore, it is expedient to investigate methods for discovering requirement errors early in the development process. This article decribes a technique to improve software reliability through verifying requir... View full abstract»

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  • Book Reviews

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 240
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  • Software Reliability Model for Modular Program Structure

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):241 - 246
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    The paper treats a modular program in which transfers of control between modules follow a semi-Markov process. Each module is failure-prone, and the different failure processes are assumed to be Poisson. The transfers of control between modules (interfaces) are themselves subject to failure. The overall failure process of the program is described, and an asymptotic Poisson process approximation is... View full abstract»

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  • Manuscripts Received

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 246
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  • Software Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):247 - 249
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    This concept paper discusses the possible use of failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) as a means to produce more reliable software. FMEA is a fault avoidance technique whose objective is to identify hazards in requirements that have the potential to either endanger mission success or significantly impact life-cycle costs. FMEA techniques can be profitably applied during the analysis stage to ... View full abstract»

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  • Optimal Time Intervals for Testing Hypotheses on Computer Software Errors

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):250 - 253
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    This paper discusses certain stochastic aspects of the software reliability problem. First an empirical stopping rule for debugging and testing computer software is discussed. Then some results are presented on choosing a time interval for testing the hypothesis that a software system contains no errors, given certain cost and risk constraints. View full abstract»

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Aims & Scope

IEEE Transactions on Reliability is concerned with the problems involved in attaining reliability, maintaining it through the life of the system or device, and measuring it.

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Editor-in-Chief
W. Eric Wong
University of Texas at Dallas
Advanced Res Ctr for Software Testing and Quality Assurance

ewong@utdallas.edu