Search-based software engineering: Trends, techniques and applications

@article{Harman2012SearchbasedSE,
  title={Search-based software engineering: Trends, techniques and applications},
  author={Mark Harman and S. Afshin Mansouri and Yuanyuan Zhang},
  journal={ACM Comput. Surv.},
  year={2012},
  volume={45},
  pages={11:1-11:61}
}
In the past five years there has been a dramatic increase in work on Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE), an approach to Software Engineering (SE) in which Search-Based Optimization (SBO) algorithms are used to address problems in SE. SBSE has been applied to problems throughout the SE lifecycle, from requirements and project planning to maintenance and reengineering. The approach is attractive because it offers a suite of adaptive automated and semiautomated solutions in situations… 

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