Department of Informatics

TU München - Fakultät für Informatik
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PDF-Datei  Can clone detection support test comprehension?

Conference Paper

Author:Benedikt Hauptmann, Maximilian Junker, Sebastian Eder, Elmar Juergens, Rudolf Vaas
Conference:Program Comprehension (ICPC), 2012 IEEE 20th International Conference on
Series:ICPC '12
Abstract:Tests are central artifacts of software systems. Therefore, understanding tests is essential for activities such as maintenance, test automation, and efficient execution. Redundancies in tests may significantly decrease their understandability. Clone detection is a technique to find similar parts in software artifacts. We suggest using this technique to gain a better understanding of tests and to provide guidance for testing activities. We show the capabilities as well as the limits of this approach by conducting a case study analyzing more than 4000 tests of seven industrial software systems.

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