Wermelinger, Michel; Yu, Yijun and Strohmaier, Markus
Using formal concept analysis to construct and visualise hierarchies of socio-technical relations.
In: Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Software Engineering, Companion Volume, 18-24 May 2009, Vancouver, IEEE.
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Interest in the human aspects of software engineering has grown in the past years. For example, based on activity logs in software artefact repositories, researchers are recommending who should fix a bug for a certain component. However, existing work largely follows ad-hoc approaches to relate software artefacts to developers and rarely makes those socio-technical relations explicit in a single structure. In this paper we propose a novel application of formal concept analysis, in order to overcome those deficiencies. As a case study, we construct and visualise different views of the developers who fix and discuss bugs in the Eclipse project.
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