Impact of Installation Counts on Perceived Quality: A Case Study on Debian

Herraiz Tabernero, Israel and Shihab, Emad and Nguyen, Thanh H.D. and Hassan, Ahmed E. (2011). Impact of Installation Counts on Perceived Quality: A Case Study on Debian. In: "18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering", 17-21 October 2011, Limerick, Ireland.

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Title: Impact of Installation Counts on Perceived Quality: A Case Study on Debian
Author/s:
  • Herraiz Tabernero, Israel
  • Shihab, Emad
  • Nguyen, Thanh H.D.
  • Hassan, Ahmed E.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering
Event Dates: 17-21 October 2011
Event Location: Limerick, Ireland
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering
Date: 20 October 2011
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Matemática e Informática Aplicadas a la Ingeniería Civil [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition

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Abstract

Software defects are generally used to indicate software quality. However, due to the nature of software, we are often only able to know about the defects found and reported; either following the testing process or after being deployed. In software research studies, it is assumed that a higher amount of defect reports represents a higher amount of defects in the software system. In this paper, we argue that widely deployed programs have more reported defects, regardless of their actual number of defects. To address this question, we perform a case study on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, a well-known free / open source software collection. We compare the defects reported for all the software packages in Debian with their popularity. We find that the number of reported defects for a Debian package is limited by its popularity. This finding has implications on defect prediction studies, showing that they need to consider the impact of popularity on perceived quality, otherwise they might be risking bias.

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Item ID: 9585
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/9585/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:9585
Official URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org
Deposited by: Israel Herraiz
Deposited on: 31 Oct 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 17:56
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