A human study of patch maintainability

@inproceedings{Fry2012AHS,
  title={A human study of patch maintainability},
  author={Zachary P. Fry and Bryan Landau and Westley Weimer},
  booktitle={ISSTA},
  year={2012}
}
Identifying and fixing defects is a crucial and expensive part of the software lifecycle. Measuring the quality of bug-fixing patches is a difficult task that affects both functional correctness and the future maintainability of the code base. Recent research interest in automatic patch generation makes a systematic understanding of patch maintainability and understandability even more critical. We present a human study involving over 150 participants, 32 real-world defects, and 40 distinct… CONTINUE READING
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