Enhancing Fault Localization with Cost Awareness
Nachimuthu Nallasamy, Kanagaraj
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Debugging is a challenging and time-consuming process in software life-cycle. The focus of the thesis is to improve the accuracy of existing fault localization (FL) techniques. We experimented with several source code line level features such as line commit size, line recency, and line length to arrive at a new fault localization technique. Based on our experiments, we propose a novel enhanced cost-aware fault localization (ECFL) technique by combining line length with the existing selected baseline fault localization techniques. ECFL improves the accuracy of DStar (Baseline 1), CombineFastestFL (Baseline 2), and CombineFL (Baseline 3) by locating 81%, 58%, and 30% more real faults respectively in Top-1 evaluation metric. In comparison with the baseline techniques, ECFL requires a marginal additional time (on an average, 5 seconds per bug) and data while providing a significant improvement in accuracy. The source code line features also improve the baseline fault localization techniques when ''learning to rank'' SVM machine learning approach is used to combine the features. We also provide an infrastructure to facilitate future research on combining new source code line features with other fault localization techniques.
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