Modeling of Software Development Effort

Ruchi Shukla

Abstract


To accurately model the inter-relationship
between the software project effort/cost and the
effort/cost drivers various modeling studies have been
conducted. These mainly include empirical and soft
computing and expert analogy based techniques,
primarily aimed at accurate software estimation and
efficient management of software projects. This paper
presents a Simulated Annealing (SA) based optimization
approach using Matlab to minimize the variance in
software development (SD) effort modeling of NASA SD
projects. A comparison of results based on SA approach
with non-linear regression and other available models is
also presented proving the estimation utility of the SA
approach.

Keywords


software development, effort estimation, simulated annealing, variance, regression

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