Searching for rules to detect defective modules: A subgroup discovery approach
Riquelme Santos, José Cristóbal
Aguilar Ruiz, Jesús Salvador
|Departamento||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos|
|Resumen||Data mining methods in software engineering are becoming increasingly important as they
can support several aspects of the software development life-cycle such as quality. In this
work, we present a data mining approach ...
Data mining methods in software engineering are becoming increasingly important as they can support several aspects of the software development life-cycle such as quality. In this work, we present a data mining approach to induce rules extracted from static software metrics characterising fault-prone modules. Due to the special characteristics of the defect prediction data (imbalanced, inconsistency, redundancy) not all classification algorithms are capable of dealing with this task conveniently. To deal with these problems, Subgroup Discovery (SD) algorithms can be used to find groups of statistically different data given a property of interest. We propose EDER-SD (Evolutionary Decision Rules for Subgroup Discovery), a SD algorithm based on evolutionary computation that induces rules describing only fault-prone modules. The rules are a well-known model representation that can be easily understood and applied by project managers and quality engineers. Thus, rules can help them to develop software systems that can be justifiably trusted. Contrary to other approaches in SD, our algorithm has the advantage of working with continuous variables as the conditions of the rules are defined using intervals. We describe the rules obtained by applying our algorithm to seven publicly available datasets from the PROMISE repository showing that they are capable of characterising subgroups of fault-prone modules. We also compare our results with three other well known SD algorithms and the EDER-SD algorithm performs well in most cases.
|Agencias financiadoras||Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (MEC). España|
|Identificador del proyecto||TIN2007-68084-C02-00
|Cita||Rodríguez, D., Ruíz, R., Riquelme Santos, J.C. y Aguilar Ruiz, J.S. (2012). Searching for rules to detect defective modules: A subgroup discovery approach. Information Sciences, 191, 14-30.|
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