Capture-Recapture in Software Inspections after 10 Years Research - Theory, Evaluation and Application.

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Håkan Petersson, Thomas Thelin, Claes Wohlin
Title: Capture-Recapture in Software Inspections after 10 Years Research - Theory, Evaluation and Application.
Journal: Journal of Software and Systems
Year: 2004
Volume: 72
Issue: 2
Pagination: 249-264
ISSN: 0164-1212
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science (Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap)
Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/eng/ipd/
Authors e-mail: claes.wohlin@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Software inspection is a method to detect faults in the early phases of the software life cycle. In order to estimate the number of faults not found, capture-recapture was introduced for software inspections in 1992 to estimate remaining faults after an inspection. Since then, several papers have been written in the area, concerning the basic theory, evaluation of models and application of the method. This paper summarizes the work made in capture-recapture for software inspections during these years. Furthermore, and more importantly, the contribution of the papers are classified as theory, evaluation or application, in order to analyse the performed research as well as to highlight the areas of research that need further work. It is concluded that (1) most of the basic theory is investigated within biostatistics, (2) most software engineering research is performed on evaluation, a majority ending up in recommendation of the Mh-JK model, and (3) there is a need for application experiences. In order to support the application, an inspection process is presented with decision points based on capture-recapture estimates.

Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Inspection, Life cycle, Computer aided software engineering, Engineering research, Mathematical models, Statistical methods
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