Automatically Identifying Known Software Problems

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Automatically Identifying Known Software Problems
Re-occurrence of the same problem is very common in many large software products. By matching the symptoms of a new problem to those in a database of known problems, automated diagnosis and even selfhealing for re-occurrences can be (partially) realized. This paper exploits function call stacks as highly structured symptoms of a certain class of problems, including crashes, hangs, and traps. We propose and evaluate algorithms for efficiently and accurately matching call stacks by a weighted metric of the similarity of their function names, after first removing redundant recursion and uninformative (poor discriminator) functions from those stacks. We also describe a new indexing scheme to speed queries to the repository of known problems, without compromising the quality of matches returned. Experiments conducted using call stacks from actual product problem reports demonstrate the improved accuracy (both precision and recall) resulting from our new stack-matching algorithms and remova...
Natwar Modani, Rajeev Gupta, Guy M. Lohman, Tanvee
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ICDE
Authors Natwar Modani, Rajeev Gupta, Guy M. Lohman, Tanveer Fathima Syeda-Mahmood, Laurent Mignet
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