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Issues in Software System Safety: Polly Ann Smith Co. versus Ned I. LuddThis paper is a work of fiction, but it is fiction with a very real purpose: to stimulate careful thought and friendly discussion about some questions for which thought is often careless and discussion is often unfriendly. To accomplish this purpose, the paper creates a fictional legal case. The most important issue in this fictional case is whether certain proffered expert testimony about software engineering for safety critical systems should be admitted. Resolving this issue requires deciding the extent to which current practices and research in software engineering, especially for safety-critical systems, can rightly be considered based on knowledge, rather than opinion.
Document ID
20030013953
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Holloway, C. Michael (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2002
Subject Category
Computer Programming and Software
Meeting Information
20th International System Safety Conference(Denver, CO)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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