Does Bug Prediction Support Human Developers? Findings From a Google Case Study

While many bug prediction algorithms have been
developed by academia, they’re often only tested and verified
in the lab using automated means. We do not have a strong
idea about whether such algorithms are useful to guide human
developers. We deployed a bug prediction algorithm across
Google, and found no identifiable change in developer behavior.
Using our experience, we provide several characteristics that bug
prediction algorithms need to meet in order to be accepted by
human developers and truly change how developers evaluate their



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