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Evaluating the Accuracy of Fault Localization Techniques

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Evaluating the Accuracy of Fault Localization Techniques
—We investigate claims and assumptions made in several recent papers about fault localization (FL) techniques. Most of these claims have to do with evaluating FL accuracy. Our investigation centers on a new subject program having properties useful for FL experiments. We find that Tarantula (Jones et al.) works well on the program, and we show weak support for the assertion that coverage-based test suites help Tarantula to localize faults. Baudry et al. used automatically-generated mutants to evaluate the accuracy of an FL technique that generates many distinct scores for program locations. We find no evidence to suggest that the use of mutants for this purpose is invalid. However, we find evidence that the standard method for evaluating FL accuracy is unfairly biased toward techniques that generate many distinct scores, and we propose a fairer method of accuracy evaluation. Finally, Denmat et al. suggest that data mining techniques may apply to FL. We investigate this suggestion w...
Shaimaa Ali, James H. Andrews, Tamilselvi Dhandapa
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Year 2009
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Authors Shaimaa Ali, James H. Andrews, Tamilselvi Dhandapani, Wantao Wang
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