In cases where usability is a mission critical system quality it is becoming essential to know whether an evaluation study has identified the majority of existing defects. Previous work has shown that procedures for estimating the progress of evaluation studies have to account for variation in defect visibility; otherwise, harmful bias will happen. Here, a statistical model is introduced for estimating the number of not-yet-identified defects in a study. This approach also supports exact confidence intervals and can easily be adapted to estimate the required number of sessions. The method is evaluated and shown to, in most cases, provide accurate measures. A running example illustrates how practitioners may track the progress of their studies and make quantitatively informed decisions on when to finish.
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Passau University, Information Systems II
94032 Passau, Germany