The Impact of Information Richness on Fault Localization

Yan LEI  Min ZHANG  Bixin LI  Jingan REN  Yinhua JIANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E99-D   No.1   pp.265-269
Publication Date: 2016/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015EDL8152
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Software Engineering
Keyword: 
fault localization,  automated debugging,  information richness,  experimental study,  

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Summary: 
Many recent studies have focused on leveraging rich information types to increase useful information for improving fault localization effectiveness. However, they rarely investigate the impact of information richness on fault localization to give guidance on how to enrich information for improving localization effectiveness. This paper presents the first systematic study to fill this void. Our study chooses four representative information types and investigates the relationship between their richness and the localization effectiveness. The results show that information richness related to frequency execution count involves a high risk of degrading the localization effectiveness, and backward slice is effective in improving localization effectiveness.