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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Tue 7 Jul 2020 15:12 - 15:24 at Goguryeo - A2-Testing and Debugging 1 Chair(s): Na Meng

Understanding the root cause of a defect is critical to isolating and repairing buggy behavior. We present Causal Testing, a new method of root-cause analysis that relies on the theory of counterfactual causality to identify a set of executions that likely hold key causal information necessary to understand and repair buggy behavior. Using the Defects4J benchmark, we find that Causal Testing could be applied to 71% of real-world defects, and for 77% of those, it can help developers identify the root cause of the defect. A controlled experiment with 37 developers shows that Causal Testing improves participants’ ability to identify the cause of the defect from 80% of the time with standard testing tools to 86% of the time with Causal Testing. The participants report that Causal Testing provides useful information they cannot get using tools such as JUnit. Holmes, our prototype, open-source Eclipse plugin implementation of Causal Testing, is available at http://holmes.cs.umass.edu/.

Tue 7 Jul
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15:00 - 15:12
Talk
Studying the Use of Java Logging Utilities in the WildTechnical
Technical Papers
Boyuan ChenYork University, Zhen Ming (Jack) JiangYork University
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15:12 - 15:24
Talk
Causal Testing: Understanding Defects' Root CausesACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Artifact AwardsArtifact ReusableTechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Brittany JohnsonUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Yuriy BrunUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Alexandra MeliouUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
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15:24 - 15:32
Talk
Studying the Characteristics of Logging Practices in Mobile Apps: A Case Study on F-Droid.J1
Journal First
Yi ZengConcordia University, Jinfu ChenConcordia University, Canada, Weiyi ShangConcordia University, Tse-Hsun (Peter) ChenConcordia University
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15:32 - 15:38
Talk
Automatically Predicting Bug Severity Early in the Development ProcessNIER
New Ideas and Emerging Results
Jude ArokiamOntario Tech University, Jeremy BradburyOntario Tech University
15:38 - 15:46
Talk
A Survey on Adaptive Random TestingJ1
Journal First
Rubing HuangJiangsu University, Weifeng SunJiangsu University, Yinyin XuJiangsu University, Haibo ChenJiangsu University, Dave ToweyUniversity of Nottingham Ningbo China, Xin XiaMonash University
15:46 - 15:58
Talk
Code Level Model-Checking in the Software Development WorkflowArtifact ReusableArtifact AvailableSEIP
Software Engineering in Practice
Nathan ChongAmazon, Byron CookAmazon, Konstantinos KallasUniversity of Pennsylvania, Kareem KhazemAmazon, Felipe R. MonteiroAmazon, Daniel Schwartz-NarbonneAmazon, n.n., Serdar TasiranAmazon, n.n., Michael TautschnigAmazon Web Services, Mark R. TuttleAmazon
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