Defect Prevention in Requirements Using Human Error Information: An Empirical Study

  title={Defect Prevention in Requirements Using Human Error Information: An Empirical Study},
  author={Wenhua Hu and Jeffrey C. Carver and Vaibhav Anu and Gursimran Singh Walia and Gary L. Bradshaw},
Context and Motivation: The correctness of software requirements is of critical importance to the success of a software project. Problems that occur during requirements collection and specification, if not fixed early, are costly to fix later. Therefore, it is important to develop approaches that help requirement engineers not only detect, but also prevent requirements problems. Because requirements engineering is a human-centric activity, we can build upon developments from the field of human… 

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