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dc.contributor.authorWinter, Emily Rowanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorNowack, Vesnaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBowes, Daviden_UK
dc.contributor.authorCounsell, Steveen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHall, Tracyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHaraldsson, Saemundur Oen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWoodward, Johnen_UK
dc.description.abstractAutomatic program repair (APR) offers significant potential for automating some coding tasks. Using APR could reduce the high costs historically associated with fixing code faults and deliver significant benefits to software engineering. Adopting APR could also have profound implications for software developers daily activities, transforming their work practices. To realise the benefits of APR it is vital that we consider how developers feel about APR and the impact APR may have on developers' work. Developing APR tools without consideration of the developer is likely to undermine the success of APR deployment. In this paper, we critically review how developers are considered in APR research by analysing how human factors are treated in 260 studies from Monperrus's Living Review of APR. Over half of the 260 studies in our review were motivated by a problem faced by developers (e.g., the difficulty associated with fixing faults). Despite these human-oriented motivations, fewer than 7% of the 260 studies included a human study. We looked in detail at these human studies and found their quality mixed (for example, one human study was based on input from only one developer). Our results suggest that software developers are often talked about in APR studies, but are rarely talked with. A more comprehensive and reliable understanding of developer human factors in relation to APR is needed. Without this understanding, it will be difficult to develop APR tools and techniques which integrate effectively into developers' workflows. We recommend a future research agenda to advance the study of human factors in APR.en_UK
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineersen_UK
dc.relationWinter ER, Nowack V, Bowes D, Counsell S, Hall T, Haraldsson SO & Woodward J (2022) Let's Talk With Developers, Not About Developers: A Review of Automatic Program Repair Research. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
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dc.subjectHuman factorsen_UK
dc.subjectsoftware developmenten_UK
dc.subjectAutomatic Program Repairen_UK
dc.titleLet's Talk With Developers, Not About Developers: A Review of Automatic Program Repair Researchen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleIEEE Transactions on Software Engineeringen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Councilen_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationQueen Mary, University of Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBrunel Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationComputing Scienceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationQueen Mary, University of Londonen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorWinter, Emily Rowan|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorNowack, Vesna|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBowes, David|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCounsell, Steve|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHall, Tracy|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHaraldsson, Saemundur O|0000-0003-0395-5884en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWoodward, John|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council|
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