What topics do Firefox and Chrome contributors discuss?

TitleWhat topics do Firefox and Chrome contributors discuss?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsZagarese, Quirino, Distante Damiano, Di Penta Massimiliano, Bernardi Mario Luca, and Sementa Carmine
Tertiary Authorsvan Deursen, Arie, Xie Tao, and Zimmermann Thomas
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 8th working conference on Mining software repositories - MSR '11
Date Published05/2011
PublisherACM Press
Place PublishedNew York, New York, USA
ISBN Number9781450305747
Keywordsbug reports, chrome, Firefox, LDA, msr challenge

Firefox and Chrome are two very popular open source Web browsers, implemented in C/C++. This paper analyzes what topics were discussed in Firefox and Chrome bug reports over time. To this aim, we indexed the text contained in bug reports submitted each semester of the project history, and identified topics using Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA). Then, we investigated to what extent Firefox and Chrome developers/contributors discussed similar topics, either in different periods, or over the same period. Results indicate a non-negligible overlap of topics, mainly on issues related to page layouting, user interaction, and multimedia contents.