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MSR 2021
Mon 17 - Wed 19 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021
Wed 19 May 2021 02:13 - 02:17 at MSR Room 2 - NLP Chair(s): Chunyang Chen

Developers often search for software resources on the web. In practice, instead of going directly to websites (e.g., Stack Overflow), they rely on search engines (e.g., Google). Despite this being a common activity, we are not yet aware of what developers search from the perspective of popular software development websites and what search results are returned. With this knowledge, we can understand real-world queries, developers’ needs, and the query impact on the search results. In this paper, we provide an empirical study to understand what developers search on the web and what they find. We assess 1.3M queries to popular programming websites and we perform thousands of queries on Google to explore search results. We find that (i) developers’ queries typically start with keywords (e.g., Python, Android, etc.), are short (3 words), tend to omit functional words, and are similar among each other; (ii) minor changes to queries do not largely affect the Google search results, however, some cosmetic changes may have a non-negligible impact; and (iii) search results are dominated by Stack Overflow, but YouTube is also a relevant source nowadays. We conclude by presenting detailed implications for researchers and developers.

I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UFMG, Brazil. Research interests: software evolution, software repository mining, software quality, and empirical software engineering. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lille / Inria, France. During three years, I was a Professor at FACOM/UFMS. Before, I was a Postdoctoral researcher at the ASERG/UFMG group. I was also a software developer at Inria, Lille, France and a research intern at Siemens, Erlangen, Germany.

Wed 19 May

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02:00 - 02:50
NLPRegistered Reports / Technical Papers at MSR Room 2
Chair(s): Chunyang Chen Monash University
02:01
4m
Talk
Automatic Part-of-Speech Tagging for Security Vulnerability Descriptions
Technical Papers
Sofonias Yitagesu Tianjin University, Xiaowang Zhang Tianjin University, Zhiyong Feng Tianjin University, Li Xiaohong TianJin University, Zhenchang Xing Australian National University
Pre-print
02:05
4m
Talk
Attention-based model for predicting question relatedness on Stack Overflow
Technical Papers
Jiayan Pei South China University of Technology, Yimin Wu South China University of Technology, Research Institute of SCUT in Yangjiang, Zishan Qin South China University of Technology, Yao Cong South China University of Technology, Jingtao Guan Research Institute of SCUT in Yangjiang
Pre-print
02:09
4m
Talk
Characterising the Knowledge about Primitive Variables in Java Code Comments
Technical Papers
Mahfouth Alghamdi The University of Adelaide, Shinpei Hayashi Tokyo Institute of Technology, Takashi Kobayashi Tokyo Institute of Technology, Christoph Treude University of Adelaide
Pre-print
02:13
4m
Talk
Googling for Software Development: What Developers Search For and What They Find
Technical Papers
Pre-print
02:17
3m
Talk
Evaluating Pre-Trained Models for User Feedback Analysis in Software Engineering: A Study on Classification of App-Reviews
Registered Reports
Mohammad Abdul Hadi University of British Columbia, Fatemeh Hendijani Fard University of British Columbia
Pre-print
02:20
3m
Talk
Cross-status Communication and Project Outcomes in OSS Development–A Language Style Matching Perspective
Registered Reports
Yisi Han Nanjing University, Zhendong Wang University of California, Irvine, Yang Feng State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University, Zhihong Zhao Nanjing Tech Unniversity, Yi Wang Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Pre-print
02:23
27m
Live Q&A
Discussions and Q&A
Technical Papers


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