DeepDebug: Fixing Python Bugs Using Stack Traces, Backtranslation, and Code Skeletons. (arXiv:2105.09352v1 [cs.SE])

The joint task of bug localization and program repair is an integral part of
the software development process. In this work we present DeepDebug, an
approach to automated debugging using large, pretrained transformers. We begin
by training a bug-creation model on reversed commit data for the purpose of
generating synthetic bugs. We apply these synthetic bugs toward two ends.
First, we directly train a backtranslation model on all functions from 200K
repositories. Next, we focus on 10K repositories for which we can execute
tests, and create buggy versions of all functions in those repositories that
are covered by passing tests. This provides us with rich debugging information
such as stack traces and print statements, which we use to finetune our model
which was pretrained on raw source code. Finally, we strengthen all our models
by expanding the context window beyond the buggy function itself, and adding a
skeleton consisting of that function’s parent class, imports, signatures,
docstrings, and method bodies, in order of priority. On the QuixBugs benchmark,
we increase the total number of fixes found by over 50%, while also decreasing
the false positive rate from 35% to 5% and decreasing the timeout from six
hours to one minute. On our own benchmark of executable tests, our model fixes
68% of all bugs on its first attempt without using traces, and after adding
traces it fixes 75% on first attempt. We will open-source our framework and
validation set for evaluating on executable tests.

Source: https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.09352

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