Correlating Social Interactions to Release History during Software Evolution

TitleCorrelating Social Interactions to Release History during Software Evolution
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBaysal, O, Malton, AJ
Secondary TitleFourth International Workshop on Mining Software Repositories (MSR'07:ICSE Workshops 2007)
Pagination7 - 7
Place PublishedMinneapolis, MN, USA
ISBN Number0-7695-2950-X
Keywordsant, apache, change management, developers, discussion, effort estimation, lsedit, mailing lists, scm, source code

In this paper, we propose a method to reason about the nature of software changes by mining and correlating discussion archives. We employ an information retrieval approach to find correlation between source code change history and history of social interactions surrounding these changes. We apply our correlation method on two software systems, LSEdit and Apache Ant. The results of these exploratory case studies demonstrate the evidence of similarity between the content of free-form text emails among developers and the actual modifications in the code. We identify a set of correlation patterns between discussion and changed code vocabularies and discover that some releases referred to as minor should instead fall under the major category. These patterns can be used to give estimations about the type of a change and time needed to implement it.

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