Talk and work: a preliminary report

TitleTalk and work: a preliminary report
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPattison, DS, Bird, CA, Devanbu, PT
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
Keywordsant, apache, email, mailing lists, postgresql, python, scm, source code

Developers in Open Source Software (OSS) projects communicate using mailing lists. By convention, the mailing lists used only for task-related discussions, so they are primarily concerned with the software under development, and software process issues (releases, etc.). We focus on the discussions concerning the software, and study the frequency with which software entities (functions, methods, classes, etc) are mentioned in the mail. We find a strong, striking, cumulative relationship between this mention count in the email, and the number of times these entities are included in changes to the software. When we study the same phenomena over a series of time-intervals, the relationship is much less strong. This suggests some interesting avenues for future research.

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