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IBM Journal of Research and Development  
Volume 28, Number 4, Page 428 (1984)
Nontopical Issue
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Software reliability analysis models

by M. Ohba
This paper discusses improvements to conventional software reliability analysis models by making the assumptions on which they are based more realistic. In an actual project environment, sometimes no more information is available than reliability data obtained from a test report. The models described here are designed to resolve the problems caused by this constraint on the availability of reliability data. By utilizing the technical knowledge about a program, a test, and test data, we can select an appropriate software reliability analysis model for accurate quality assessment. The delayed S-shaped growth model, the inflection S-shaped model, and the hyperexponential model are proposed.
Related Subjects: Models and modeling; Programming, programs, and programming languages; Reliability; Software reliability