Intensive Metrics for the Study of the Evolution of Open Source Projects: Case Studies from Apache Software Foundation Projects

Gala, Santiago and Robles, Gregorio and González-Barahona, Jesus M. and Herraiz Tabernero, Israel (2013). Intensive Metrics for the Study of the Evolution of Open Source Projects: Case Studies from Apache Software Foundation Projects. In: "10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories", May 2013, San Francisco, California, USA.

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Title: Intensive Metrics for the Study of the Evolution of Open Source Projects: Case Studies from Apache Software Foundation Projects
Author/s:
  • Gala, Santiago
  • Robles, Gregorio
  • González-Barahona, Jesus M.
  • Herraiz Tabernero, Israel
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
Event Dates: May 2013
Event Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Title of Book: 10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
Date: 1 May 2013
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Matemática e Informática Aplicadas a la Ingeniería Civil [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition

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Abstract

Based on the empirical evidence that the ratio of email messages in public mailing lists to versioning system commits has remained relatively constant along the history of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), this paper has as goal to study what can be inferred from such a metric for projects of the ASF. We have found that the metric seems to be an intensive metric as it is independent of the size of the project, its activity, or the number of developers, and remains relatively independent of the technology or functional area of the project. Our analysis provides evidence that the metric is related to the technical effervescence and popularity of project, and as such can be a good candidate to measure its healthy evolution. Other, similar metrics -like the ratio of developer messages to commits and the ratio of issue tracker messages to commits- are studied for several projects as well, in order to see if they have similar characteristics.

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Item ID: 14698
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/14698/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:14698
Official URL: http://2013.msrconf.org/
Deposited by: Israel Herraiz
Deposited on: 01 Apr 2013 06:40
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 14:28
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