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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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William K. Stockman, PhD


In the past, the Department of Defense (DoD) has relied upon commercial software estimating tools. However, these tools are somewhat unreliable when it comes to estimating military systems, particularly Command and Control Systems. The purpose of this study was to develop a parametric model using linear regression to estimate software development costs for DoD Command and Control systems. The developed model is unique in a few ways. First, the model is derived from Department of Defense command and control data. Second, while traditional models require volumes of variables to create estimates, the developed model only requires a few key variables to estimate the amount of effort necessary to complete a project. The key variables were selected through analyzing common variables used in software cost estimating.

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