Attribute selection is an important activity in data preprocessing for software quality modeling and other data mining problems. The software quality models have been used to improve the fault detection process. Finding faulty components in a software system during early stages of software development process can lead to a more reliable final product and can reduce development and maintenance costs. It has been shown in some studies that prediction accuracy of the models improves when irrelevant and redundant features are removed from the original data set. In this study, we investigated four filter attribute selection techniques, Automatic Hybrid Search (AHS), Rough Sets (RS), Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) and Probabilistic Search (PS) and conducted the experiments by using them on a very large telecommunications software system. In order to evaluate their classification performance on the smaller subsets of attributes selected using different approaches, we built several classification models using five different classifiers. The empirical results demonstrated that by applying an attribution selection approach we can build classification models with an accuracy comparable to that built with a complete set of attributes. Moreover, the smaller subset of attributes has less than 15 percent of the complete set of attributes. Therefore, the metrics collection, model calibration, model validation, and model evaluation times of future software development efforts of similar systems can be significantly reduced. In addition, we demonstrated that our recently proposed attribute selection technique, KS, outperformed the other three attribute selection techniques.


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