An Economic Analysis of Software Defect Removal Methods

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This paper and the models it uses are intended to help software organizations determine an optimal combination of defect containment methods and resource allocation. These models provide a mechanism to forecast the consequences of alternative assumptions and strategies in terms of both cost in person months and delivered quality measured by "Total Containment Effectiveness"-TCE, i.e., the estimated percentage of defects removed before software release to customers

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