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CFAAR: Control Flow Alteration to Assist Repair

by   Chadi Trad, et al.

We present CFAAR, a program repair assistance technique that operates by selectively altering the outcome of suspicious predicates in order to yield expected behavior. CFAAR is applicable to defects that are repairable by negating predicates under specific conditions. CFAAR proceeds as follows: 1) it identifies predicates such that negating them at given instances would make the failing tests exhibit correct behavior; 2) for each candidate predicate, it uses the program state information to build a classifier that dictates when the predicate should be negated; 3) for each classifier, it leverages a Decision Tree to synthesize a patch to be presented to the developer. We evaluated our toolset using 149 defects from the IntroClass and Siemens benchmarks. CFAAR identified 91 potential candidate defects and generated plausible patches for 41 of them. Twelve of the patches are believed to be correct, whereas the rest provide repair assistance to the developer.


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