publication . Other literature type . Conference object . 2014 . Embargo end date: 07 Jun 2014

Automatic search term identification for change tasks

Kevic, Katja; Fritz, Thomas;
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  • Published: 07 Jun 2014
  • Publisher: IEEE
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
At the beginning of a change task, software developers search the source code to locate the places relevant to the task. As previous research and a small exploratory study that we conducted show, developers perform poorly in identifying good search terms and therefore waste a lot of time querying and exploring irrelevant code. To support developers in this step, we present an approach to automatically identify good search terms. Based on existing work and an analysis of change tasks, we derived heuristics, determined their relevancy and used the results to develop our approach. For a preliminary evaluation, we conducted a study with ten developers working on ope...
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free text keywords: Department of Informatics, 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
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