An experimental evaluation of the effect of specifying a selected defect type in software inspection

Shuji Morisaki, Yasutaka Kamei, Ken Ichi Matsumoto

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Abstract

This paper describes an investigation on the impact of selecting a specific defect type in software inspection. We conducted a controlled experiment concerning the effect ofselecting a defect type on software inspection. In the experiment, 32 practitioners wererandomly assigned to three groups performing (a) inspection without a selected defect type, (b) inspection with a selected defect type determined at the beginning of inspection,and (c) inspection with a selected defect type determined at the beginning of inspection and at every defect detection, verification of whether the detected defect is the selected defect type. The results of the experiment show that specifying the selected defect type increases the proportion of defects detected of the selected type to other detected defects. The difference between the results of groups (a) and (b) indicates thatin ordinary inspections, the procedure employed by group (b) should provide higher efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Software
Volume28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 19 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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