A Graph Theoretic Approach to Estimate Software Evolution Costs

E.J. Stanek (USA)


Software Metrics, Project Management, Software Methodologies, Software Design and Development, Cost Estimation, Software Evolution


A key issue in software engineering is being able to estimate software evolution costs consistently and accurately. Poor cost estimation can lead management to make bad decisions about which projects to pursue and result in cost overruns and low profit margins. A graph-theoretic frame work could dramatically increase the predictability and accuracy of software evolution cost estimations. If a graph-theoretic framework for estimating costs of software evolution were developed and tuned and then adopted by program managers, they could make better decisions about which projects to pursue in order to reduce risk and improve margins.

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