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The Empirical Commit Frequency Distribution of Open Source Projects


Publication Details
Author(s): Kolassa C, Riehle D, Salim M
Title edited volumes: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013
Publisher: ACM Press
Publishing place: Nirgendwo
Publication year: 2013
Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration

Event details
Event: WikiSym + OpenSym 2013
Event location: Hongkong
Start date of the event: 05/08/2013
End date of the event: 07/08/2013

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. An author's commit frequency describes how often that author commits. Knowing the distribution of all commit frequencies is a fundamental part of understanding software development processes. This paper presents a detailed quantitative analysis of commit frequencies in open-source software development. The analysis is based on a large sample of open source projects, and presents the overall distribution of commit frequencies. We analyze the data to show the dierences between authors and projects by project size; we also includes a comparison of successful and non successful projects and we derive an activity indicator from these analyses. By measuring a fundamental dimension of programming we help improve software development tools and our understanding of software development. We also validate some fundamental assumptions about software development. Copyright 2010 ACM.



How to cite
APA: Kolassa, C., Riehle, D., & Salim, M. (2013). The Empirical Commit Frequency Distribution of Open Source Projects. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open CollaborationNirgendwo: ACM Press.

MLA: Kolassa, Carsten, Dirk Riehle, and Michel Alexandre Salim. "The Empirical Commit Frequency Distribution of Open Source Projects." Proceedings of the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013, Hongkong Nirgendwo: ACM Press, 2013.

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