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Reverse Engineering Co-maintenance Relationships Using Conceptual Analysis of Source Code

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3 Author(s)
Grant, S. ; Queen''s Univ., Kingston, ON, Canada ; Cordy, J.R. ; Skillicorn, D.B.

In this work, we explore the relationship between topic models and co-maintenance history by introducing a visualization that compares conceptual cohesion within change lists. We explain how this view of the project history can give insight about the semantic architecture of the code, and we identify a number of patterns that characterize particular kinds of maintenance tasks. We examine the relationship between co-maintenance history and concept location, and visualize the distribution of changes across concepts to show how these techniques can be used to predict co-maintenance of source code methods.

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Reverse Engineering (WCRE), 2011 18th Working Conference on

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17-20 Oct. 2011