The Empirical Commit Frequency Distribution of Open Source Projects
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: WikiSym + OpenSym 2013
Event location: Hongkong
Start date of the event: 05/08/2013
End date of the event: 07/08/2013
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.
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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.