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ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021

Software bugs cost time, money, and lives. They drive software research and development efforts, and are central to modern software engineering. Yet we lack a clear and general definition of what bugs are. Some bugs are defects, clearly defined as failures to meet some requirement or specification. However,there are many forms of undesirable program behaviour that are completely compatible with a typical program’s specification. In this paper, we argue that the lack of a criterion for identifying non-defect bugs is hampering the development of tools that find and fix bugs. We propose such a criterion, based on the idea of wasted effort, discuss how bugs that meet our definition of software ticks can complement defects, and sketch how our definition can help future work on software tools.

Thu 27 May

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11:50 - 13:05
3.2.3. Defect Prediction: Bug Characterization & AnalysisJournal-First Papers / NIER - New Ideas and Emerging Results at Blended Sessions Room 3 +12h
Chair(s): Robert Feldt Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Blekinge Institute of Technology
11:50
20m
Paper
Watch out for Extrinsic Bugs! A Case Study of their Impact in Just-In-Time Bug Prediction Models on the OpenStack projectJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Gema Rodríguez-Pérez University of Waterloo, Mei Nagappan University of Waterloo, Gregorio Robles Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
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12:10
20m
Paper
An Empirical Study of Model-Agnostic Techniques for Defect Prediction ModelsJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Jirayus Jiarpakdee Monash University, Australia, Chakkrit Tantithamthavorn Monash University, Hoa Khanh Dam University of Wollongong, John Grundy Monash University
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12:30
20m
Paper
On the cost and profit of software defect predictionJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Steffen Herbold University of Göttingen
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12:50
15m
Paper
Software Ticks Need No SpecificationsNIER
NIER - New Ideas and Emerging Results
Christoph Reichenbach Lund University
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