This paper presents a methodology for estimating users’ opinion of the quality of a software product. Users’ opinion changes with time as they progressively become more acquainted with the software product. In this paper, we study the dynamics of users’ opinion and offer a method for assessing users’ final perception, based on measurements in the early stages of product release. The paper also presents methods for collecting users’ opinion and from the derived data, shows how their initial belief state for the quality of the product is formed. It adapts aspects of Belief Revision theory in order to present a way of estimating users’ opinion, subsequently formed after their opinion revisions. This estimation is achieved by using the initial measurements and without having to conduct surveys frequently. It reports the correlation that users tend to infer among quality characteristics and represents this correlation through a determination of a set of constraints between the scores of each quality characteristic. Finally, this paper presents a fast and automated way of forming users’ new belief state for the quality of a product after examining their opinion revisions.
software quality measurements users’ opinion quality characteristics ISO9126 belief revision Grove’s System of Spheres