Keywords

Computer programming -- Economic aspects, Expert systems (Computer science)

Abstract

This research report investigates the use of an expert system to aid project engineers at the Naval Training Systems Center in making decisions concerning the requirements of the computer systems used in simulators. For a prototype system domain, the author chose an expert system that would generate a software development cost estimate. This system questions the user about the features and options required on the training system. The expert system then analyzes the information to generate a “lines of code” estimate. A selected model will combine various factors to generate s value answer for the user. The capabilities and features of current expert system development tools are reviewed as to what features would best address this problem domain. EXSYS, a rule-based expert system shell that runs on both Zenith and IBM PCs, was selected to develop the prototype because of its capability to meet the requirements of the software cost estimation domain. The COCOMO estimation model was selected to generate the user answers. The technique of using a rule-based system in combination with other management decision tools, such as spreadsheets, holds a potential of being an excellent approach for providing a tool for storing and utilizing estimation data and heuristics.

Graduation Date

1986

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Whitehouse, Gary E.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Department

Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Format

PDF

Pages

80 p.

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0020309

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