Uncertainty: A meta-property of software

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Abstract

Uncertainty pervades all aspects of engineering, and its management is of paramount importance. In software engineering, uncertainty can occur at many levels. It can appear in the software artifacts including requirements specifications, designs, and the code itself. Uncertainty can also manifest in the way we use tools, and in the engineering practices employed. It is even present in the life cycle methodologies we employ. In short, uncertainty is a persistent, negative quality of both the software and the processes that rendered it. Unfortunately, t is too easy, but often the case, that software engineers ignore issues of uncertainty or overlook them as they become marginalized within other abstractions. In this paper we propose uncertainty as a persistent software quality attribute and examine several approaches for modeling that uncertainty. Finally, we offer suggestions for future work in this regard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 29th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, SEW'05
Pages228-233
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 29th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, SEW'05 - Greenbelt, MD, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2005Apr 7 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 29th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, SEW'05
Volume2005

Other

Other2005 29th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, SEW'05
CountryUnited States
CityGreenbelt, MD
Period4/6/054/7/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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