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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Software process data quality and characteristics - a historical view on open and closed source projects
Organization Unit
  • A Bachmann
  • Abraham Bernstein
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Page Range 119 - 128
Event Title IWPSE-Evol'09: Proceedings of the joint international and annual ERCIM workshops on Principles of software evolution (IWPSE) and software evolution (Evol) workshops
Event Type workshop
Event Location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Event Start Date August 1 - 2009
Event End Date August 1 - 2009
Abstract Text Software process data gathered from bug tracking databases and version control system log files are a very valuable source to analyze the evolution and history of a project or predict its future. These data are used for instance to predict defects, gather insight into a project's life-cycle, and additional tasks. In this paper we survey five open source projects and one closed source project in order to provide a deeper insight into the quality and characteristics of these often-used process data. Specifically, we first define quality and characteristics measures, which allow us to compare the quality and characteristics of the data gathered for different projects. We then compute the measures and discuss the issues arising from these observation. We show that there are vast differences between the projects, particularly with respect to the quality in the link rate between bugs and commits.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/1595808.1595830
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