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JSW 2012 Vol.7(3): 532-543 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.7.3.532-543

Developing an Evaluation Approach for Software Trustworthiness Using Combination Weights and TOPSIS

Li Shi1, 2, Shan-lin Yang1, 2, 3, Kai Lia1, 3, Ben-gong Yu1, 2

1School of Management, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
2Institute of Computer Network System, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
3Key Laboratory of Process Optimization and Intelligent Decision-Making, Ministry of Education, Hefei 230009, China

Abstract—Software is everywhere. However, software is not always trustworthy. Confronting the demand of software trustworthiness evaluation, this paper proposes a novel software trustworthiness evaluation approach based on combination weights (CW) and improved TOPSIS methods. The determination of CW relies on experts' judgment and mathematical computation together. FAHP method is used to determine the importance of degree of criteria accordingexperts'judgment. To avoid the subjective onesidedness of weights, entropy weighting method is employed to calculate objective weights. Then, the paper adopts combination weighting method to obtain the CW of evaluation criterion. Next, the CW is applied to the improved TOPSIS method and the trustworthiness rating of software is calculated. The result contributes to provide decision makers more decision information. Finally, the proposed approach is demonstrated with the evaluation of PLM software for an aircraft equipment manufacturer in China, which is followed by the sensitivity analysis and the results illustrate the robustness of the presented evaluation approach.
Index Terms—trustworthy software; FAHP; entropy weighting method; TOPSIS; evaluation model; PLM software


Cite: Li Shi, Shan-lin Yanga, Kai Li, Ben-gong Yu, "Developing an Evaluation Approach for Software Trustworthiness Using Combination Weights and TOPSIS," Journal of Software vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 532-543, 2012.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
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