Not all bug reopens are negative : A case study on eclipse bug reports

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-97
Journal / PublicationInformation and Software Technology
Online published6 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


Context: We observed a special type of bug reopen that has no direct impact on the user experience or the normal operation of the system being developed. We refer to these as non-negative bug reopens.
Objective: Non-negative bug reopens are novel and somewhat contradictory to popular conceptions. Therefore, we thoroughly explored these phenomena in this study.
Method: We begin with a novel approach that preliminarily characterizes non-negative bug reopens. Based on bug reports extracted from Eclipse Bugzilla, we then examined a case study to compare non-negative and regular bug reopens using the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test.
Results: The results show that non-negative bug reopens are statistically significantly different than regular bug reopens, based on their survival times and the number of developers involved in the entire debugging process.
Conclusion: Taking into account the significant differences, we suggest that the effects of non-negative bug reopens should be considered in future research in related areas, such as bug triage and reopened bug prediction.

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  • Bug report, Data quality, Empirical software engineering, Non-negative bug reopen, Open source software, Reopen cycle