A User-Interaction Bug Analyzer Based on Image Processing

Tipo de publicación: Journal Article

Publicado en: CLEI Electronic Journal

  • Abel Méndez-Porras
  • Jorge Alfaro-Velásco
  • Marcelo Jenkins
  • Alexandra Martinez

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Dra. Alexandra Martínez Porras
Dr. Marcelo Jenkins Coronas

Proyecto asociado a la publicación
Proyecto sombrilla

Palabras claves
  • Bug analyzer
  • Image processing
  • Interest points
  • Testing
  • User-interaction features

Context: Mobile applications support a set of user-interaction features that are inde- pendent of the application logic. Rotating the device, scrolling, or zooming are examples of such features. Some bugs in mobile applications can be attributed to user-interaction features. Objective: This paper proposes and evaluates a bug analyzer based on user- interaction features that uses digital image processing to find bugs. Method: Our bug analyzer detects bugs by comparing the similarity between images taken before and after a user-interaction. SURF, an interest point detector and descriptor, is used to compare the images. To evaluate the bug analyzer, we conducted a case study with 15 randomly selected mobile applications. First, we identified user-interaction bugs by manually testing the applications. Images were captured before and after applying each user-interaction feature. Then, image pairs were processed with SURF to obtain interest points, from which a similarity percentage was computed, to finally decide whether there was a bug. Results: We performed a total of 49 user-interaction feature tests. When manually testing the applications, 17 bugs were found, whereas when using image processing, 15 bugs were detected. Conclusions: 8 out of 15 mobile applications tested had bugs associated to user-interaction features. Our bug analyzer based on image processing was able to detect 88% (15 out of 17) of the user-interaction bugs found with manual testing.


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A User-Interaction Bug Analyzer Based on Image Processing