Conference Proceeding Article
Many implementations of research techniques that automatically repair software bugs target programs written in C. Work that targets Java often begins from or compares to direct translations of such techniques to a Java context. However, Java and C are very different languages, and Java should be studied to inform the construction of repair approaches to target it. We conduct a large-scale study of bugfixing commits in Java projects, focusing on assumptions underlying common search-based repair approaches. We make observations that can be leveraged to guide high quality automatic software repair to target Java specifically, including common and uncommon statement modifications in human patches and the applicability of previously-proposed patch construction operators in the Java context.
Automatic error repair, Human-like patches, Maintainability
Software Engineering | Theory and Algorithms
Software and Cyber-Physical Systems
Proceedings of the 2016 13th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories: May 14-15, 2016, Austin, Texas
City or Country
SOTO, Mauricio; THUNG, Ferdian; WONG, Chu-Pan; LE GOUES, Claire; and David LO.
Deeper look into bug fixes: Patterns, replacements, deletions, and additions. (2016). Proceedings of the 2016 13th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories: May 14-15, 2016, Austin, Texas. 512-515. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sis_research/3564
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.