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A Comparative Analysis of Three Replicated Experiments Comparing Inspection and Unit Testing

Per Runeson, Andreas Stefi, Anneliese Andrews, Sam Grönblom, Ivan Porres, Susanna Siebert, A Comparative Analysis of Three Replicated Experiments Comparing Inspection and Unit Testing. In: Charles Knutson, Jonathan Krein (Eds.), 2nd International Workshop on Replications in Empirical Software Engineering (RESER), -, IEEE Computer Society, 2011.

Abstract:

Code inspections and structural unit testing are two common defect detection methods in software development. This paper analyzes three replications of an experiment aimed at comparing which method finds more defects. The first two experiments use the same experimental design and materials, including the programs to be inspected or tested, while the third experiment replaces the programs with code for embedded systems. Participants are a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students. Our analysis shows that both the differences in the instrumentation and the between-experiment participants themselves were larger than the differences between inspection versus unit testing, especially in terms of the time to complete the tasks.

BibTeX entry:

@INPROCEEDINGS{inpRuStAnGrPoSi11a,
  title = {A Comparative Analysis of Three Replicated Experiments Comparing Inspection and Unit Testing},
  booktitle = {2nd International Workshop on Replications in Empirical Software Engineering (RESER)},
  author = {Runeson, Per and Stefi, Andreas and Andrews, Anneliese and Grönblom, Sam and Porres, Ivan and Siebert, Susanna},
  editor = {Knutson, Charles and Krein, Jonathan},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  pages = {-},
  year = {2011},
  keywords = {Experimental software engineering, software testing, experiment replication},
}

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