Re: Can we represent bug pattern?

Robert Metzger <>
6 Nov 2004 15:02:23 -0500

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From: Robert Metzger <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 6 Nov 2004 15:02:23 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 04-10-183
Keywords: errors
Posted-Date: 06 Nov 2004 15:02:23 EST

> In this way is it possible to represent "bug pattern".

In Appendix A of "Debugging by Thinking: A Multi-disciplinary
Approach", [Elsevier, 2004] you will find a taxonomy of 138 root
causes of software defects, organized into 20 categories. Chapter 11
explains this taxonomy, and gives examples. It's the most
comprehensive taxonomy that I am aware of.

I don't believe that more than small fraction of these these root
causes can be represented in the manner you describe, although I'm not
sure I understood your message completely.

Robert Metzger
Hewlett-Packard Company
High Performance Computing Division

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