Emerging App Issue Identification from User Feedback: Experience on WeChat
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AbstractIt is vital for popular mobile apps with large numbers of users to release updates with rich features while keeping stable user experience. Timely and accurately locating emerging app issues can greatly help developers to maintain and update apps. User feedback (i.e., user reviews) is a crucial channel between app developers and users, delivering a stream of information about bugs and features that concern users. Methods to identify emerging issues based on user feedback have been proposed in the literature, however, their applicability in industry has not been explored. We apply the recent method IDEA to WeChat, a popular messenger app with over 1 billion monthly active users, and find that the emerging issues detected by IDEA are not stable (i.e., due to its inherent randomness, its results change when run multiple times even for the same inputs), and there are other problems such as long running time. To address these limitations, we design a novel tool, named DIVER. Different from IDEA, DIVER is more efficient (it can report real-time alerts in seconds), generates reliable results, and most importantly, achieves higher accuracy in our practice. After its deployment on WeChat, DIVER successfully detected 18 emerging issues of WeChat’s Android and iOS apps in one month. Additionally, DIVER significantly outperforms IDEA by 29.4% in precision and 32.5% in recall.
Acceptance Date21/01/2019
All Author(s) ListCuiyun Gao,Wujie Zheng,Yuetang Deng,David Lo,Jichuan Zeng,Michael R. Lyu,Irwin King
Name of Conference41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice, ICSE-SEIP 2019
Start Date of Conference25/05/2019
End Date of Conference31/05/2019
Place of ConferenceMontreal, Quebec
Country/Region of ConferenceCanada
Proceedings TitleProceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice, ICSE-SEIP 2019
Year2019
Month5
PublisherIEEE
Pages279 - 288
ISBN978-172811760-7
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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