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Title: Software fault characteristics: A synthesis of the literature
Authors: Hall, T
Bowes, D
Counsell, S
Moonen, L
Yamashita, A
Keywords: Software faults;New fault detection tools;Fault characteristics
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Unpublished technical report (2015)
Abstract: Faults continue to be a significant problem in software. Understanding the nature of these faults is important for practitioners and researchers. There are many published fault characteristics schemes but no one scheme dominates. Consequently it is difficult for practitioners to effectively evaluate the nature of faults in their software systems, and it is difficult for researchers to compare the types of faults found by different fault detection techniques. In this paper we synthesise previous fault characteristics schemes into one comprehensive scheme. Our scheme provides a richer view of faults than the previous schemes published and presents a comprehensive, unified approach which accommodates the many previous schemes. A characteristics-based view of faults should be considered by future researchers in the analysis of software faults and in the design and evaluation of new fault detection tools. We recommend that our fault characteristics scheme be used as a benchmark scheme.
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