Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2015

Abstract

Context: Blocking bugs are bugs that prevent other bugs from being fixed. Previous studies show that blocking bugs take approximately two to three times longer to be fixed compared to non-blocking bugs. Objective: Thus, automatically predicting blocking bugs early on so that developers are aware of them, can help reduce the impact of or avoid blocking bugs. However, a major challenge when predicting blocking bugs is that only a small proportion of bugs are blocking bugs, i.e., there is an unequal distribution between blocking and non-blocking bugs. For example, in Eclipse and OpenOffice, only 2.8% and 3.0% bugs are blocking bugs, respectively. We refer to this as the class imbalance phenomenon. Conclusion: ELBlocker can help deal with the class imbalance phenomenon and improve the prediction of blocking bugs. ELBlocker achieves a substantial and statistically significant improvement over the state-of-the-art methods, i.e., Garcia and Shihab’s method, SMOTE, OSS, and Bagging.

Keywords

Blocking bug, Ensemble learning, Imbalance learning

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

Information and Software Technology

Volume

61

First Page

93

Last Page

106

ISSN

0950-5849

Identifier

10.1016/j.infsof.2014.12.006

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2014.12.006

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