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Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, Second Edition by Stephen H. Kan

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Chapter 8. Exponential Distribution and Reliability Growth Models

Continuing our discussion of software reliability models, in this chapter we cover the class of models called the reliability growth models. We first discuss the exponential model; then we concisely describe several notable reliability growth models in the literature; and in later sections we discuss several issues such as model assumptions, criteria for model evaluation, the modeling process, the test compression factor, and estimating the distribution of estimated field defects over time.

In contrast to Rayleigh, which models the defect pattern of the entire development process, reliability growth models are usually based on data from the formal testing phases. Indeed it makes ...

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