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Applying COCOMO as a Cost Model for Knowledge-Based Systems

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The COCOMO approach to software cost modeling has been improved and refined for 15 years. It is currently being updated to encompass newer approaches to software development (e.g., rapid application development, reuse-driven approaches, object-oriented), though the focus remains on conventional (i.e., algorithm-based) systems. In this article we propose a cost estimation technique for Knowledge-Based Systems (KBSs) based on COCOMO 2.0. Our definitions were developed for a broad range of KBSs. Specifically, our definitions consider rule-based systems, considered the most prevalent form of KBSs, as well as KBSs based upon object-oriented or hybrid knowledge representations. Our definitions provide a starting point for the application of the COCOMO approach to cost modeling to KBSs. Further research will be needed to develop empirically based multipliers to complete the cost estimate and test the effectiveness of this approach.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 1998

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