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Title: The use of function points to find cost analogies
Authors: Atkinson, K
Shepperd, M J
Keywords: effort prediction;analogy;function points;cost estimation;software engineering
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: 5th European Software Cost Modelling Meeting, Ivrea, Italy
Abstract: Finding effective techniques for the early estimation of project effort remains an important — and frustratingly elusive — research objective for the software development community. We have conducted an empirical study of 21 real time projects for a major software developer. The study collected a range of counts and measures derived from specification documents, including a derivative of Function Points intended for highly constrained systems. Notwithstanding the fact that the projects were drawn from a comparatively stable environment, traditional approaches for building prediction systems, (for example, regression analysis) failed to yield a useful predictive model. By contrast, estimation based upon the automated search for analogous projects produced more accurate estimates. How much this is a characteristic of this particular dataset and how much these findings might be more generally replicated is uncertain. Nevertheless, these results should act as encouragement for follow up research on a much under utilised estimation technique.
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Software Engineering (B-SERC)

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