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Testing spreadsheets and other packages used in metrology: a case study.

Cook, H R; Cox, M G; Dainton, M P; Harris, P M (1999) Testing spreadsheets and other packages used in metrology: a case study. NPL Report. CISE 26/99

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A case study that illustrates the application of a general methodology for testing the numerical accuracy of scientific software and showing its “fitness for purpose” within a given application is described. Each stage of the methodology, from the specification of the problem addressed by the test software through to the presentation and interpretation of the results of the testing, is outlined. The methodology is then applied to the test problem: fit a single Gaussian peak to measurement data.
The methodology can be used by developers of metrology software to establish the quality of the software they write. The methodology is equally applicable to the testing of software provided with proprietary software packages by users of such software.
This report constitutes part of the deliverable of Project 2.1 “Testing Spreadsheets and Other Packages Used in Metrology” within the UK Department of Industry’s National Measurement System Software Support for Metrology Programme 1998-2001.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: CISE 26/99
Subjects: Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Mathematics and Scientific Computing > Software Engineering
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:18
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/1129

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