Works for me! characterizing non-reproducible bug reports

Mona Erfani Joorabchi, Mehdi Mirzaaghaei, Ali Mesbah
<span title="">2014</span> <i title="ACM Press"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/vjelrzmdcvaydenhyicylh7bwa" style="color: black;">Proceedings of the 11th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories - MSR 2014</a> </i> &nbsp;
Bug repository systems have become an integral component of software development activities. Ideally, each bug report should help developers to find and fix a software fault. However, there is a subset of reported bugs that is not (easily) reproducible, on which developers spend considerable amounts of time and effort. We present an empirical analysis of nonreproducible bug reports to characterize their rate, nature, and root causes. We mine one industrial and five opensource bug repositories,
more &raquo; ... esulting in 32K non-reproducible bug reports. We (1) compare properties of non-reproducible reports with their counterparts such as active time and number of authors, (2) investigate their life-cycle patterns, and (3) examine 120 Fixed non-reproducible reports. In addition, we qualitatively classify a set of randomly selected non-reproducible bug reports (1,643) into six common categories. Our results show that, on average, non-reproducible bug reports pertain to 17% of all bug reports, remain active three months longer than their counterparts, can be mainly (45%) classified as "Interbug Dependencies", and 66% of Fixed non-reproducible reports were indeed reproduced and fixed.
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