An application of Bayesian network for predicting object-oriented software maintainability
van Koten, Chikako; Gray, Andrew
As the number of object-oriented software systems increases, it becomes more important for organizations to maintain those systems effectively. However, currently only a small number of maintainability prediction models are available for object-oriented systems. This paper presents a Bayesian network maintainability prediction model for an object-oriented software system. The model is constructed using object-oriented metric data in Li and Henry’s datasets, which were collected from two different object-oriented systems. Prediction accuracy of the model is evaluated and compared with commonly used regression-based models. The results suggest that the Bayesian network model can predict maintainability more accurately than the regression-based models for one system, and almost as accurately as the best regression-based model for the other system.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 2005/02
Keywords: object-oriented systems; maintainability; Bayesian network, regression tree; regression
Research Type: Discussion Paper
Preprint submitted to Elsevier Science