Externalization of software behavior by the mining of norms



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Avery, D., Savarimuthu, B., Dam, H. Khanh. & Ghose, A. (2016). Externalization of software behavior by the mining of norms. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (pp. 223-234). New York, NY, United States of America: ACM.


Open Source Software Development (OSSD) often suffers from conflicting views and actions due to the perceived flat and open ecology of an open source community. This often manifests itself as a lack of codified knowledge that is easily accessible for community members. How decisions are made and expectations of a software system are often described in detail through the many forms of social communications that take place within a community. These social interactions form norms which are influential in dictating what behaviors are expected in a community and of the system. In this paper, we provide a tool which mines these social interactions (in the form of bug reports) and extract norms of the system, externalizing this information into a codified form that allows others within the community to be aware of without having witnessed the social interactions.

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