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Project Title

Using Open Source Data for Empirical Studies of Software Engineering


Premkumar Devanbu, UC Davis

Vladimir Filkov, UC Davis

Zach Saul, UC Davis

Chris Bird, UC Davis

Daryl Posnett, UC Davis

Project Abstract

This study will approach a number of issues related to using Open Source data for empirical studies of software engineering. These include the factors that influence the immigration of new people into OSS projects, how design affects social structure and vice versa, and how design affects evolution. This study will also build tools to recover architecture from collaboration, communication, and software structure and help programmers deal with the massive volume of data they confront, by making recommendations based on prior history.