Mining usage expertise from version archives

TitleMining usage expertise from version archives
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSchuler, D, Zimmermann, T
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 2008 international working conference on Mining software repositories
Date Published05/2008
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-60558-024-1
Keywordsapi, computer-supported cooperative work, eclipse, expertise, recommendation, scm, software repository, source code

In software development, there is an increasing need to find and connect developers with relevant expertise. Existing expertise recommendation systems are mostly based on variations of the Line 10 Rule: developers who changed a file most often have the most implementation expertise. In this paper, we introduce the concept of usage expertise, which manifests itself whenever developers are using functionality, e.g., by calling API methods. We present preliminary results for the ECLIPSE project that demonstrate that our technique allows to recommend experts for files with no or little history, identify developers with similar expertise, and measure the usage of API methods.

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