Re: [SystemSafety] Fault, Failure and Reliability Again (short)

From: Derek M Jones < >
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:33:37 +0000

On 04/03/2015 12:54, C. Michael Holloway wrote:
> Some
> have claimed that the work conducted in the field has not yet borne any
> healthy fruit. Some, myself included, doubt it ever will.

I am more optimistic about fruit being there to find, but given a major change of research direction is needed less optimistic that it will be found anytime soon.

The problem is that researchers are acting like drinks searching for lost keys under the streetlight, because they can see there.

Almost all existing papers on fault result ignore the input distribution. It is easy to obtain lots of opens source fault data from the enumerable bug report databases and the code is available; getting information n the input distribution is very hard.

The situation is not helped by the fact that machine learning is all the rage these days and people are feeding anything they can get their hands on into learners and publishing the results. Taking the time to clean the data before using it is a lot of work.

Empirical software engineering is still very young. We should not prejudge a field that is barely 10 years old:

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