Will this clone be short-lived? Towards a better understanding of the characteristics of short-lived clones

Empirical Software Engineering, pp. 1-36, 2018.

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Code clone Software management Software maintenance Software evolution

Abstract:

Code clones are created when a developer duplicates a code fragment to reuse existing functionalities. Mitigating clones by refactoring them helps ease the long-term maintenance of large software systems. However, refactoring can introduce an additional cost. Prior work also suggest that refactoring all clones can be counterproductive sin...More

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