Investigating the value of retention actions as a source of relevance information in the software development environment

Rahat Iqbal, Adam Grzywaczewski, Anne James, Faiyaz Doctor, John Halloran

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    Abstract

    Even though there exists a number of search solutions targetted at software engineers the literature suggests that they are not widely used by the people engaged in code delivery [26]. Moreover, current code focused information retrieval systems such as Google Code Search (discontinued), Codeplex or Koders produce results based on specific keywords and therefore they do not take into account user context such as location, browsing history, previous interaction patterns and domain expertise. In this paper we discuss the development of task-specific information retrieval systems for software engineers. We discuss how software engineers interact with information and information retrieval systems and investigate to what extent a domain-specific search and recommendation system can be developed in order to support their work related activities. We have conducted a user study: a questionnaire and an automated observation of user interactions with the browser and software development environment. We discuss factors that can be used as implicit feedback indicators for further collaborative filtering and discuss how these parameters can be analysed using Computational Intelligence based techniques.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 IEEE 16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2012
    EditorsLiang Gao, Weiming Shen, Jean-Paul Barthès, Junzhou Luo, Jianming Yong, Wenfeng Li, Weidong Li
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages121-127
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781467312127
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2012 IEEE 16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design - Wuhan, China
    Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012

    Conference

    Conference2012 IEEE 16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design
    Abbreviated titleCSCWD 2012
    CountryChina
    CityWuhan
    Period23/05/1225/05/12

    Keywords

    • copy and paste
    • information seeking behaviour
    • Personalised information retrieval
    • pseudo-relevance
    • retention actions
    • software development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software

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    Iqbal, R., Grzywaczewski, A., James, A., Doctor, F., & Halloran, J. (2012). Investigating the value of retention actions as a source of relevance information in the software development environment. In L. Gao, W. Shen, J-P. Barthès, J. Luo, J. Yong, W. Li, & W. Li (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE 16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2012 (pp. 121-127). [6221807] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/CSCWD.2012.6221807