Enriching Contextual Information for Fault Localization

Zhuo ZHANG  Xiaoguang MAO  Yan LEI  Peng ZHANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E97-D   No.6   pp.1652-1655
Publication Date: 2014/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E97.D.1652
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Software Engineering
Keyword: 
fault localization,  dynamic slice,  program spectrum,  contextual information,  

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Summary: 
Existing fault localization approaches usually do not provide a context for developers to understand the problem. Thus, this paper proposes a novel approach using the dynamic backward slicing technique to enrich contexts for existing approaches. Our empirical results show that our approach significantly outperforms five state-of-the-art fault localization techniques.