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ESEM 2021
Mon 11 - Fri 15 October 2021
Wed 13 Oct 2021 14:20 - 14:35 at ESEM ROOM - Testing & Security 3 Chair(s): Robert Feldt

A recurring problem in software development is incorrect decision making on the techniques, methods and tools to be used. Mostly, these decisions are based on developers’ perceptions about them. A factor influencing people’s perceptions is past experience, but it is not the only one. In this research, we aim to discover how well the perceptions of the defect detection effectiveness of different techniques match their real effectiveness in the absence of prior experience. To do this, we conduct an empirical study plus a replication. During the original study, we conduct a controlled experiment with students applying two testing techniques and a code review technique. At the end of the experiment, they take a survey to find out which technique they perceive to be most effective. The results show that participants’ perceptions are wrong and that this mismatch is costly in terms of quality. In order to gain further insight into the results, we replicate the controlled experiment and extend the survey to include questions about participants’ opinions on the techniques and programs. The results of the replicated study confirm the findings of the original study and suggest that participants’ perceptions might be based not on their opinions about complexity or preferences for techniques but on how well they think that they have applied the techniques.

Wed 13 Oct

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14:20 - 15:15
Testing & Security 3Emerging Results and Vision papers / Journal-first Papers / Technical Papers at ESEM ROOM
Chair(s): Robert Feldt Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
On (Mis)Perceptions of Testing Effectiveness: An Empirical Study
Journal-first Papers
Sira Vegas Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Patricia Riofrio , Esperanza Marcos Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Natalia Juristo Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Testing Smart Contracts: Which Technique Performs Best?
Technical Papers
Sefa Akca Uniersity of Edinburgh, Chao Peng University of Edinburgh, UK, Ajitha Rajan University of Edinburgh
Automated isolation for white-box test generation
Journal-first Papers
Dávid Honfi , Zoltán Micskei Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Link to publication DOI
Contextual Understanding and Improvement of Metamorphic Testing in Scientific Software Development
Emerging Results and Vision papers
Zedong Peng University of Cincinnati, Upulee Kanewala University of North Florida, Nan Niu University of Cincinnati

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Wed 13 Oct 2021 14:20 - 15:15 at ESEM ROOM - Testing & Security 3 Chair(s): Robert Feldt
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