Extracting Structural Information from Bug Reports

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“Extracting Structural Information from Bug Reports” by Nicolas Bettenburg, Rahul Premraj, Thomas Zimmermann, and Sunghun Kim. In MSR 2008: 5th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories, (Leipzig, Germany), May 10-11, 2008.


In software engineering experiments, the description of bug reports is typically treated as natural language text, although it often contains stack traces, source code, and patches. Neglecting such structural elements is a loss of valuable information; structure usually leads to a better performance of machine learning approaches. In this paper, we present a tool called infoZilla that detects structural elements from bug reports with near perfect accuracy and allows us to extract them. We anticipate that infoZilla can be used to leverage data from bug reports at a different granularity level that can facilitate interesting research in the future.

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BibTeX entry:

   author = {Nicolas Bettenburg and Rahul Premraj and Thomas Zimmermann
	and Sunghun Kim},
   title = {Extracting Structural Information from Bug Reports},
   booktitle = {MSR 2008: 5th Working Conference on Mining Software
   address = {Leipzig, Germany},
   month = {May~10--11,},
   year = {2008}

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