Utilizing Faults and Time to Finish Estimating the Number of Software Test Workers Using Artificial Neural Networks and Genetic Programming

  • Alaa ShetaEmail author
  • Sultan Aljahdali
  • Malik Braik
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 111)


Time, effort and the estimation of number of staff desired are critical tasks for project managers and particularly for software projects. The software testing process signifies about 40–50% of the software development lifecycle. Faults are detected and corrected during software testing. Accurate prediction of the number of test workers necessary to test a software before the delivery to a customer will save time and effort. In this paper, we present two models for estimating the number of test workers required for software testing using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Genetic Programming (GP). We utilize the expected time to finish testing and the rate of change of fault observation as inputs to the proposed models. The proposed models were able to predict the required team size; thus, supporting project managers in allocating the team effort to various project phases. Both models yielded promising estimation results in real-time applications.


Prediction of test workers Software testing Project management Artificial Neural Networks Genetic Programming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing SciencesTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiTexasUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentCollege of Computers and Information TechnologyTaifSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceAl-Balqa Applied UniversitySaltJordan

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