Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

2 Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria


The reliability of software product is seen as critical quality factor that cannot be overemphasized. Since real world application is loaded with high amount of uncertainty, such as applicable to software reliability, there should be a technique of dealing with such uncertainty. This paper presents a reliability model to effectively handle uncertainty in software data to enhance reliability prediction of software at the early (requirements and design) stages of software development life cycle. In this paper, a hybrid methodology of Takagi-Sugeno-Kang (TSK)-based Interval type-2 fuzzy logic system (IT2FLS) with artificial neural network (ANN) learning is employed for the prediction of software reliability. The parameters of the model are optimized using gradient descent back-propagation method. Relevant reliability software requirement and design metrics and software size metrics are utilized as inputs. The proposed approach uses twenty-eight real software project data. The performance of the model is evaluated using five performance metrics and found to provide output values that are very close to the actual output showing better predictive accuracy.


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