Title page for ETD etd-11202012-040211

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pehrsson, Kirsten M.
URN etd-11202012-040211
Title Software development cost estimating models :an application of the hedonic pricing approach
Degree Master of Arts
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Meiselman, David I. Committee Chair
Freiden, Alan N. Committee Member
Mackay, Robert J. Committee Member
  • Computer programs
Date of Defense 1987-06-05
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Software development cost estimating models were analyzed using an application of the hedonic pricing approach. Several recently proposed software cost estimating tools were surveyed for the purpose of revealing their roots in the hedonic pricing approach. The analysis includes discussion of the hedonic pricing approach, the logic of several software cost models, and anlysis of the models' hedonic pricing traits.

Hedonic prices are the implicit prices of attributes of I differentiated products as revealed in the market through attribute levels associated with market-clearing prices. Several aspects of the software costing models fit within the hedonic pricing approach. Many of the models base cost estimates on the varying quantities of software product attributes (e.g., complexity of program, schedule requirements, etc.). Similarities and differences of traits among cost models were noted.

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