The wisdom of the crowds in predictive modeling for software engineering

L.L. Minku    University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom


The “wisdom of the crowds” phenomenon has long been observed in cognitive, social, and political sciences. The idea is that the combination of the judgments given by a large group of people on a certain matter is often better than the judgment given by any individual within this group. This chapter shows that this idea can also be used by predictive models in software engineering in order to improve predictions, deal with changes, transfer knowledge, deal with multiple goals, and gain insights into software processes.


Machine learning; Predictive models; Ensembles; Bagging; Concept drift; ...

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