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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Genetic Improvement of Software: a Comprehensive Survey
Author(s): Petke, Justyna
Haraldsson, Saemundur
Harman, Mark
Langdon, William B
White, David
Woodward, John
Keywords: Genetic programming
Software testing
Software engineering
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2018
Date Deposited: 18-May-2017
Citation: Petke J, Haraldsson S, Harman M, Langdon WB, White D & Woodward J (2018) Genetic Improvement of Software: a Comprehensive Survey. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 22 (3), pp. 415-432.
Abstract: Genetic improvement uses automated search to find improved versions of existing software. We present a comprehensive survey of this nascent field of research with a focus on the core papers in the area published between 1995 and 2015. We identified core publications including empirical studies, 96% of which use evolutionary algorithms (genetic programming in particular). Although we can trace the foundations of genetic improvement back to the origins of computer science itself, our analysis reveals a significant upsurge in activity since 2012. Genetic improvement has resulted in dramatic performance improvements for a diverse set of properties such as execution time, energy and memory consumption, as well as results for fixing and extending existing system functionality. Moreover, we present examples of research work that lies on the boundary between genetic improvement and other areas, such as program transformation, approximate computing, and software repair, with the intention of encouraging further exchange of ideas between researchers in these fields.
DOI Link: 10.1109/TEVC.2017.2693219
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