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Automatic mining of source code repositories to improve bug finding techniques

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2 Author(s)
C. C. Williams ; Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA ; J. K. Hollingsworth

We describe a method to use the source code change history of a software project to drive and help to refine the search for bugs. Based on the data retrieved from the source code repository, we implement a static source code checker that searches for a commonly fixed bug and uses information automatically mined from the source code repository to refine its results. By applying our tool, we have identified a total of 178 warnings that are likely bugs in the Apache Web server source code and a total of 546 warnings that are likely bugs in Wine, an open-source implementation of the Windows API. We show that our technique is more effective than the same static analysis that does not use historical data from the source code repository.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 6 )