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MSR 2018
Mon 28 - Tue 29 May 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden
co-located with * ICSE 2018 *
Tue 29 May 2018 14:00 - 14:17 at E3 room - Search and Traceability Chair(s): Sonia Haiduc

Locating bugs in industry-size software systems is time consuming and challenging. An automated approach for assisting the process of tracing from bug descriptions to relevant source code benefits developers. A large body of previous work aims to address this problem and demonstrates considerable achievements. Most existing approaches focus on the key challenge of improving techniques based on textual similarity to identify relevant files. However, there exists a lexical gap between the natural language used to formulate bug reports and the formal source code and its comments. To bridge this gap, state-of-the-art approaches contain a component for analyzing bug history information to increase retrieval performance. In this paper, we propose a novel approach TraceScore that also utilizes projects’ requirements information and explicit dependency trace links to further close the gap in order to relate a new bug report to defective source code files. Our evaluation on more than 13,000 bug reports shows, that TraceScore significantly outperforms two state-of-the-art methods. Further, by integrating TraceScore into an existing bug localization algorithm, we found that TraceScore significantly improves retrieval performance by 49% in terms of mean average precision (MAP).

Tue 29 May

14:00 - 15:30: Technical Papers - Search and Traceability at E3 room
Chair(s): Sonia HaiducFlorida State University
msr-2018-papers14:00 - 14:17
Michael RathTechnische Universität Ilmenau, David LoSingapore Management University, Patrick MäderTechnische Universität Ilmenau
DOI Pre-print
msr-2018-papers14:17 - 14:34
Jinqiu Yang , Erik WitternIBM Research, Annie T.T. YingEquitySim, Julian DolbyIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Lin TanUniversity of Waterloo
msr-2018-papers14:34 - 14:51
Md Masudur RahmanUniversity of Virginia, USA, Jed BarsonUniversity of Virginia, Sydney Paul , Joshua Kayani , Federico Andrés Lois , Sebastián Fernandez Quezada , Chris ParninNCSU, Kathryn StoleeNorth Carolina State University, Baishakhi RayColumbia University, New York
msr-2018-papers14:51 - 15:08
Pengcheng Yin, Bowen DengCarnegie Mellon University, Edgar ChenCarnegie Mellon University, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University, Graham NeubigCarnegie Mellon University
msr-2018-papers15:08 - 15:15
DOI Pre-print
msr-2018-papers15:15 - 15:30