Accession Number : AD0620660

Title :   QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING COST FACTORS: A PROGRESS REPORT,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Farr,Leonard ; zagorski,Henry J.

Report Date : 26 AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Results of an exploratory analysis aimed at deriving quantitative cost-estimating relationships for computer programming are presented. The study included the initial formulation of cost factors and a first attempt at data collection and analysis for the purpose of evaluating the presumed factors. Preliminary equations for estimating costs in terms of man months were derived. These equations were evolved from a small sample of programs, were based on data from an experimental questionnaire, and are not considered reliable. While some of the equations are presented for illustration, their use is not recommended for actual planning. The study demonstrated the usefulness of multivariate regression analysis for deriving programming cost-estimating relationships. To improve the prediction equations, recommendations are made toward revising the data collection procedures, extending the survey to a larger and more representative sample, and broadening the investigation into other needed areas of program research. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COSTS), (*COSTS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS), DATA PROCESSING, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, TIME STUDIES, CODING

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE