Modeling change requests due to faults in a large-scale telecommunication system

Ho-Won Jung, YiKyong Lim, Chang-Shin Chung
2004 Journal of Systems and Software  
It is widely known that a small number of modules in any system are likely to contain the majority of faults. Early identification and consequent attention to such modules may mitigate or prevent many defects. The objective of this study is to use product metrics to build a prediction model of the number of change requests (CRs) that are likely to occur in individual modules during testing. The study first empirically validates eight product metrics, while considering the confounding effects of
more » ... code size (lines of code). Next, a prediction model of CR outcomes is developed with the validated metrics by utilizing a negative binomial regression that allows over-dispersion. In total, 816 modules written in the Chill programming language were analyzed in a large-scale telecommunication system. There is a positive association between the number of CRs and four product metrics (number of unique operators, unique operands, signals, and library calls) after considering the confounding effect of code size. A prediction model that includes only code size and the number of unique operands provides the best empirical fit.
doi:10.1016/s0164-1212(03)00091-8 fatcat:mjlxfyyfznamljpnnvsfo6lkmy