Title: Module defect prediction under the Eclipse platform: the quadratic effect of software size and the influence of prerelease defects

Authors: James Jungbae Roh; Jim Stoeckel; Jooh Lee

Addresses: Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA ' Nuance Communications, Inc., Worldwide Headquarters, 1 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803, USA ' Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA

Abstract: Finding the factors leading to defects in software engineering can provide a competitive advantage for companies, project managers, programmers, and others, enabling them to better manage a project. Relying on findings from prior research in software defects prediction models, this study aims to examine the effects of the size, the complexity, and the number of the prerelease defects of a software module on the postrelease defects. Regression analysis of 327 responses from the PROMISE database reveals that such effects do exist under the Eclipse platform, a Java language development environment. This study confirms the presence of the quadratic effect of module size and the significant influence of the complexity and the number of prerelease defects in predicting postrelease defects.

Keywords: software defect prediction; prediction models; software engineering; quadratic effect; module size; software modules; Eclipse platform; software size; software defects; prerelease defects; Java.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDATS.2015.067703

International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies, 2015 Vol.7 No.1, pp.96 - 109

Available online: 18 Feb 2015 *

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