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JSW 2011 Vol.6(3): 421-427 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.6.3.421-427

An Approach to Improving Bug Assignment with Bug Tossing Graphs and Bug Similarities

Liguo Chen, Xiaobo Wang, Chao Liu
1School of Computer Science and Engineering Beihang University Beijing, China

Abstract—In open-source software development a new bug firstly is found by developers or users. Then the bug is described as a bug report, which is submitted to a bug repository. Finally the bug triager checks the bug report and typically assigns a developer to fix the bug. The assignment process is time-consuming and error-prone. Furthermore, a large number of bug reports are tossed (reassigned) to other developers, which increases bug-fix time. In order to quickly identify the fixer to bug reports we present an approach based on the bug tossing history and textual similarities between bug reports. This proposed approach is evaluated on Eclipse and Mozilla. The results show that our approach can significantly improve the efficiency of bug assignment: the bug fixer is often identified with fewer tossing events.

Index Terms—bug assignment, bug reports, bug tossing, information retrieval, software engineering

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Cite: Liguo Chen, Xiaobo Wang, Chao Liu, "An Approach to Improving Bug Assignment with Bug Tossing Graphs and Bug Similarities," Journal of Software vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 421-427, 2011.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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