Introduction to the special issue on software repository mining in 2009
This special issue of Empirical Software Engineering consists of revised and extended versions of four selected papers originally presented at the 6th IEEE Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2009). The conference was held in Vancouver, Canada on May 16–17, and was co-located with the 2009 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2009). This conference brings together researchers who share an interest in advancing the science and practice of software engineering via the analysis of data stored in software repositories.
Software repository mining research emerged in the late 1990s in conjunction with the ready availability of software configuration management, mailing list, and bug tracking repositories from open source projects; the first Mining Software Repositories Workshop was held in 2004 in Edinburgh. In the past, researchers were able to access this kind of project data from only commercial projects, and with great difficulty. In...
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