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An Experimental Comparison of Three Machine Learning Techniques for Web Cost Estimation

Daramola, Olawande and Ajala, Ibidun and Akinyemi, Ibidapo (2016) An Experimental Comparison of Three Machine Learning Techniques for Web Cost Estimation. International Journal of Software Engineering and Its Applications, 10 (2). pp. 191-206. ISSN 1738-9984

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Many comparative studies on the performance of machine learning (ML) techniques for web cost estimation (WCE) have been reported in the literature. However, not much attention have been given to understanding the conceptual differences and similarities that exist in the application of these ML techniques for WCE, which could provide credible guide for upcoming practitioners and researchers in predicting the cost of new web projects. This paper presents a comparative analysis of three prominent machine learning techniques – Case-Based Reasoning (CBR), Support Vector Regression (SVR) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) – in terms of performance, applicability, and their conceptual differences and similarities for WCE by using data obtained from a public dataset ( Results from experiments show that SVR and ANN provides more accurate predictions of effort, although SVR require fewer parameters to generate good predictions than ANN. CBR was not as accurate, but its good explanation attribute gives it a higher descriptive value. The study also outlined specific characteristics of the 3 ML techniques that could foster or inhibit their adoption for WCE.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Olawande Daramola
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 09:09

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