Evolutionary Approaches for Multi-Objective Next Release Problem

keywords: Multi-objective evolutionary optimization, multi-objective next release problem, requirement dependency, requirement engineering, software engineering
In software industry, a common problem that the companies face is to decide what requirements should be implemented in the next release of the software. This paper aims to address the multi-objective next release problem using search based methods such as multi-objective evolutionary algorithms for empirical studies. In order to achieve the above goal, a requirement-dependency-based multi-objective next release model (MONRP/RD) is formulated firstly. The two objectives we are interested in are customers' satisfaction and requirement cost. A popular multi-objective evolutionary approach (MOEA), NSGA-II, is applied to provide the feasible solutions that balance between the two objectives aimed. The scalability of the formulated MONRP/RD and the influence of the requirement dependencies are investigated through simulations as well. This paper proposes an improved version of the multi-objective invasive weed optimization and compares it with various state-of-the-art multi-objective approaches on both synthetic and real-world data sets to find the most suitable algorithm for the problem.
reference: Vol. 31, 2012, No. 4, pp. 847–875