Thu 8 Nov 2018 10:52 - 11:15 at Horizons 6-9F - Repair and Synthesis Chair(s): Shahar Maoz

This paper targets the problem of speech act detection in conversations about bug repair. We conduct a ``Wizard of Oz'' experiment with 30 professional programmers, in which the programmers fix bugs for two hours, and use a simulated virtual assistant for help. Then, we use an open coding manual annotation procedure to identify the speech act types in the conversations. Finally, we train and evaluate a supervised learning algorithm to automatically detect the speech act types in the conversations. In 30 two-hour conversations, we made 2459 annotations and uncovered 26 speech act types. Our automated detection achieved 69% precision and 50% recall. The key application of this work is to advance the state of the art for virtual assistants in software engineering. Virtual assistant technology is growing rapidly, though applications in software engineering are behind those in other areas, largely due to a lack of relevant data and experiments. This paper targets this problem in the area of developer Q/A conversations about bug repair.

Thu 8 Nov
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10:30 - 12:00: Research Papers - Repair and Synthesis at Horizons 6-9F
Chair(s): Shahar MaozTel Aviv University
fse-2018-Journal-First10:30 - 10:52
Kevin MoranCollege of William & Mary, Carlos Bernal-CárdenasWilliam and Mary, Michael Curcio, Richard Bonett, Denys PoshyvanykWilliam and Mary
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fse-2018-research-papers11:15 - 11:37
Research paper
Andrea StoccoUniversity of British Columbia, Rahulkrishna YandrapallyUniversity of British Columbia, Canada, Ali MesbahUniversity of British Columbia
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fse-2018-research-papers11:37 - 12:00
Xujie SiUniversity of Pennsylvania, Woosuk LeeUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA, Richard ZhangUniversity of Pennsylvania, Aws AlbarghouthiUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, Paraschos KoutrisUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Mayur NaikUniversity of Pennsylvania