Conference Proceeding Article
StackOverflow provides a popular platform where developers post and answer questions. Recently, Treude et al. manually label 385 questions in StackOverflow and group them into 10 categories based on their contents. They also analyze how tags are used in StackOverflow. In this study, we extend their work to obtain a deeper understanding on how developers interact with one another on such a question and answer web site. First, we analyze the distributions of developers who ask and answer questions. We also investigate if there is a segregation of the StackOverflow community into questioners and answerers. We also perform automated text mining to find the various kinds of topics asked by developers. We use Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), a well known topic modeling approach, to analyze the contents of tens of thousands of questions and answers, and produce five topics. Our topic modeling strategy provides an alternative perspective different from that of Treude et al. for categorizing StackOverflow questions. Each question can now be categorized into several topics with different probabilities, and the learned topic model could automatically assign a new question to several categories with varying probabilities. Last but not least, we show the distributions of questions and developers belonging to various topics generated by LDA.
developer forum mining, latent dirichlet allocation (LDA), developer interaction mining
Software and Cyber-Physical Systems
SAC 2013: Proceedings of the 28th annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing: Coimbra, Portugal, 18-22 March 2013
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WANG, Shaowei; LO, David; and JIANG, Lingxiao.
An empirical study on developer interactions in StackOverflow. (2013). SAC 2013: Proceedings of the 28th annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing: Coimbra, Portugal, 18-22 March 2013. 1019-1024. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sis_research/1811
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