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A Model of the Commit Size Distribution of Open Source


Publication Details
Author(s): Kolassa C, Riehle D, Salim M
Title edited volumes: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publisher: Springer-verlag
Publishing place: Berlin
Publication year: 2013
Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science (LNCS 7741)
Pages range: 52-66
ISSN: 0302-9743

Event details
Event: SOFSEM 2013
Event location: Spindleruv Mlyn
Start date of the event: 26/01/2013
End date of the event: 31/01/2013

Abstract

A fundamental unit of work in programming is the code contribution ("commit") that a developer makes to the code base of the project in work. We use statistical methods to derive a model of the probabilistic distribution of commit sizes in open source projects and we show that the model is applicable to different project sizes. We use both graphical as well as statistical methods to validate the goodness of fit of our model. By measuring and modeling a fundamental dimension of programming we help improve software development tools and our understanding of software development. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.



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APA: Kolassa, C., Riehle, D., & Salim, M. (2013). A Model of the Commit Size Distribution of Open Source. In Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science (LNCS 7741) (pp. 52-66). Berlin: Springer-verlag.

MLA: Kolassa, Carsten, Dirk Riehle, and Michel Alexandre Salim. "A Model of the Commit Size Distribution of Open Source." Proceedings of the SOFSEM 2013, Spindleruv Mlyn Berlin: Springer-verlag, 2013. 52-66.

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