CURRENT RESULTS FROM THE ANALYSIS OF COST DATA FOR COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The report describes the third cycle in the continuing research to develop cost estimating relationships between cost and cost factors, to be used in the management of computer programming. Several features of the work are presented, including basic assumptions of the analyses, definitions, data collection and validation procedures, and application of statistical techniques such as correlation and multivariate regression analyses. The analysis is being performed with 169 data points, representing computer programming efforts completed by System Development Corporation, various industrial organizations, and agencies of the United States Air Force. Several characteristics of the data base are presented, e.g., source, size, range of selected variables, average age of the data points, and applications and computer languages used. In addition, statistical tests were performed to ascertain the presence of subsamples in our data the results of these tests are also presented. The report concludes with recommendations for the collection and validation of more accurate data, as well as for general improvements in the approach and methods implemented in the work.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware