Using Genetic Programming To Determine Software Quality

Matthew Evett, Taghi Khoshgoftaar, Pei-Der Chien, Ed Allen

Software development managers use software quality prediction methods to determine to which modules expensive reliability techniques should be applied. In this paper we describe a genetic programming (GP) based system that classifies software modules as ``faulty'' or "not faulty," allowing the targetting of modules for reliability enhancement. The paper describes the GP system, and provides a case study using software quality data from a very large industrial project. The demonstrated quality of the system is such that plans are under way to integrate it into a commercial software quality management system.


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