The False False Positives of Static Analysis

Tymchuk, Yuriy (June 2017). The False False Positives of Static Analysis. In: Seminar Series on Advanced Techniques and Tools for Software Evolution SATToSE 2017. Madrid, Spain. 07.-09. Juni 2017.

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Static analysis tools may produce false positive results, which negatively impact the overall usability of these tools. However, even a correct static analysis report is sometimes classified as a false positive if a developer does not understand it or does not agree with it. Lately developers' classification of false positives is treated on a par with the actual static analysis performance which may distort the knowledge about the real state of static analysis. In this paper we discuss various use cases where a false positive report is not false and the issue is caused by another aspects of static analysis. We provide an in-depth explanation of the issue for each use case followed by recommendations on how to solve it, and thus exemplify the importance of careful false positive classification.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Software Composition Group (SCG)

UniBE Contributor:

Tymchuk, Yuriy


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics




Oscar Nierstrasz

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2018 11:22

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 07:30




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