The Application of Case-Based Reasoning to Estimation of Software Development Effort

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Accurate project effort estimation is an important goal for the software engineering community. Till date most work has focused upon building algorithmic models of effort estimation for example COCOMO. The authors describe an alternative approach to estimation based upon the use of analogy. The objective is to estimate the development effort of student programs based on the values of certain attributes. They have developed a case based reasoning model and have validated it upon student data. Due to the nature of the software engineering domain, it is important that software cost estimation models should be able to deal with imprecision and uncertainty associated with such values.