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Title: The consistency of empirical comparisons of regression and analogy-based software project cost prediction
Authors: Mair, CM
Shepperd, M J
Keywords: effort prediction;cost estimation;analogy;CBR;regression;OLS;meta-analysis;systematic review
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Citation: 4th Intl. Symp. on Empirical Softw. Eng. (ISESE). 2005. Noosa Heads, Australia: IEEE Computer Society.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE - to determine the consistency within and between results in empirical studies of software engineering cost estimation. We focus on regression and analogy techniques as these are commonly used. METHOD – we conducted an exhaustive search using predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria and identified 67 journal papers and 104 conference papers. From this sample we identified 11 journal papers and 9 conference papers that used both methods. RESULTS – our analysis found that about 25% of studies were internally inconclusive. We also found that there is approximately equal evidence in favour of, and against analogy-based methods. CONCLUSIONS – we confirm the lack of consistency in the findings and argue that this inconsistent pattern from 20 different studies comparing regression and analogy is somewhat disturbing. It suggests that we need to ask more detailed questions than just: “What is the best prediction system?”
ISBN: 0-7803-9507-7
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers
Software Engineering (B-SERC)

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