Journal of Computer Science

A HYBRID INTELLIGENT MODEL FOR SOFTWARE COST ESTIMATION

Wei Lin Du, Luiz Fernando Capretz, Ali Bou Nassif and Danny Ho

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2013.1506.1513

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 9, Issue 11

Pages 1506-1513

Abstract

Accurate software development effort estimation is critical to the success of software projects. Although many techniques and algorithmic models have been developed and implemented by practitioners, accurate software development effort prediction is still a challenging endeavor in the field of software engineering, especially in handling uncertain and imprecise inputs and collinear characteristics. In this study, a hybrid intelligent model combining a neural network model integrated with fuzzy model (neuro-fuzzy model) has been used to improve the accuracy of estimating software cost. The performance of the proposed model is assessed by designing and conducting evaluation with published project and industrial data. Results have shown that the proposed model demonstrates the ability of improving the estimation accuracy by 18% based on the Mean Magnitude of Relative Error (MMRE) criterion.

Copyright

© 2013 Wei Lin Du, Luiz Fernando Capretz, Ali Bou Nassif and Danny Ho. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.