SERG talk: Designing objectives for search-based crash reproduction
When: September 16, 2020, 14:00 - 15:00
Evolutionary-based crash reproduction techniques aid developers in their debugging practices by generating a test case that reproduces a crash given its stack trace. In these techniques, the search process is typically guided by a single search objective called Crash Distance. Previous studies have shown that current approaches could only reproduce a limited number of crashes due to a lack of diversity in the population during the search.
In this talk, I will present our recent work on the redesign of the search-objectives for crash reproduction by (i) applying Multi-Objectivization using Helper-Objectives (MO-HO) on crash reproduction. In particular, we add two helper-objectives to the Crash Distance to improve the diversity of the generated test cases and consequently enhance the guidance of the search process. And (ii) the introduction of a new secondary objective, called Basic Block Coverage (BBC), taking into account the coverage of implicit code branches during the search.
- Derakhshanfar, P., Devroey, X., Zaidman, A., van Deursen, A., & Panichella, A. (2020). Crash Reproduction Using Helper Objectives. In GECCO 2020 Companion - Proceedings of the 2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (pp. 309-310). (GECCO 2020 Companion - Proceedings of the 2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion). ACM DL. https://doi.org/10.1145/3377929.3390077
- Derakhshanfar, P., Devroey, X., Zaidman, A. E., van Deursen, A., & Panichella, A. (2020). Good Things Come In Threes: Improving Search-based Crash Reproduction With Helper Objectives. In 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE ’20), September 21–25, 2020, Virtual Event, Australia IEEE / ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3324884.3416643
- Derakhshanfar, P., Devroey, X., & Zaidman, A. (2020). It is not Only About Control Dependent Nodes: Basic Block Coverage for Search-Based Crash Reproduction. In A. Aleti, & A. Panichella (Eds.), Search-Based Software Engineering - 12th International Symposium, SSBSE 2020 Springer.