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Recommending People in Developers' Collaboration Network
18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE 2011): Limerick, Ireland, 17-20 October: Proceedings
  • Didi SURIAN, University of Sydney
  • Nian LIU, Zhejiang University
  • David LO, Singapore Management University
  • Hanghang Tong, IBM T.J. Watson Research
  • Ee Peng LIM, Singapore Management University
  • Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University
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Conference Proceeding Article
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Many software developments involve collaborations of developers across the globe. This is true for both open-source and closed-source development efforts. Developers collaborate on different projects of various types. As with any other teamwork endeavors, finding compatibility among members in a development team is helpful towards the realization of the team’s goal. Compatible members tend to share similar programming style and naming strategy, communicate well with one another, etc. However, finding the right person to work with is not an easy task. In this work, we extract information available from Sourceforge.Net, the largest database of open source software, and build developer collaboration network comprising of information on developers, projects, and project properties. Based on an input developer, we then recommend a list of top developers that are most compatible based on their programming language skills, past projects and project categories they have worked on before, via a random walk with restart procedure. Our quantitative and qualitative experiments show that we are able to recommend reasonable developer candidates from snapshots of Sourceforge.Net consisting of tens of thousands of developers and projects, and hundreds of project properties.
  • Developer Collaboration Network,
  • Randow Walk with Restart,
  • Recommendation Tool,
  • DPP Graph
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Piscataway, NJ
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Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
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Citation Information
Didi SURIAN, Nian LIU, David LO, Hanghang Tong, et al.. "Recommending People in Developers' Collaboration Network" 18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE 2011): Limerick, Ireland, 17-20 October: Proceedings (2011) p. 379 - 388
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