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Discovering patterns of change types


Fluri, B; Giger, E; Gall, H C (2008). Discovering patterns of change types. In: 23rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2008), L'Aquila, Italy, 15 September 2008 - 19 September 2008, 463-466.

Abstract

The reasons why software is changed are manyfold; new features are added, bugs have to be fixed, or the consistency of coding rules has to be re-established. Since there are many types of of source code changes we want to explore whether they appear frequently together in time and whether they describe specific development activities. We describe a semi-automated approach to discover patterns of such change types using agglomerative hierarchical clustering. We extracted source code changes of one commercial and two open-source software systems and applied the clustering. We found that change type patterns do describe development activities and affect the control flow, the exception flow, or change the API.

Abstract

The reasons why software is changed are manyfold; new features are added, bugs have to be fixed, or the consistency of coding rules has to be re-established. Since there are many types of of source code changes we want to explore whether they appear frequently together in time and whether they describe specific development activities. We describe a semi-automated approach to discover patterns of such change types using agglomerative hierarchical clustering. We extracted source code changes of one commercial and two open-source software systems and applied the clustering. We found that change type patterns do describe development activities and affect the control flow, the exception flow, or change the API.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:19 September 2008
Deposited On:27 Dec 2008 11:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:45
Publisher:IEEE Computer Society
ISSN:1527-1366
ISBN:978-1-4244-2187-9
Additional Information:This paper was presented at the 23rd International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2008), L'Aquila, Italy, September 15 - 19, 2008. © 2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/ASE.2008.74
Related URLs:http://www.di.univaq.it/ase2008/
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http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4639367
http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/pax/web/index.php/publication/show/id/705

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