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Title: Mining dataflow sensitive specifications
Authors: Zuo, Z.
Khoo, S.-C. 
Keywords: dataflow
dynamic analysis
specification mining
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Zuo, Z.,Khoo, S.-C. (2013). Mining dataflow sensitive specifications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 8144 LNCS : 36-52. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Specification mining has become an attractive tool for assisting in numerous software development and maintenance tasks. The majority of these techniques share a common assumption: significant program properties occur frequently. Unfortunately, statistical inference alone produces too many program properties, many of which are found to be either insignificant or meaningless. Consequently, it becomes a laborious task for developers to separate semantically meaningful specifications from the rest. In this paper, we present a semantic-directed specification mining framework that injects in-depth semantics information into mining input. Specifically, we investigate the introduction of dataflow semantics to extract dataflow related sequences from execution traces, and demonstrate that mining specifications from these dataflow related sequences reduces a great number of meaningless specifications, resulting in a collection of specifications which are both semantically relevant and statistically significant. Our experimental results indicate that our approach can effectively filter out insignificant specifications and greatly improve the efficiency of mining. In addition, we also show that our mined specifications reflect the essential program behavior and can practically help program understanding and bug detection. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.
Source Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISBN: 9783642412011
ISSN: 03029743
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41202-8_4
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