Title

Snapshot Metrics Are Not Enough: Analyzing Software Repositories with Longitudinal Metrics

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-2022

Publication Title

Automated Software Engineering Tool Demonstrations

Abstract

Software metrics capture information about software development processes and products. These metrics support decision-making, e.g., in team management or dependency selection. However, existing metrics tools measure only a snapshot of a software project. Little attention has been given to enabling engineers to reason about metric trends over time -- longitudinal metrics that give insight about process, not just product. In this work, we present PRiME (PRocess MEtrics), a tool for computing and visualizing process metrics. The currently-supported metrics include productivity, issue density, issue spoilage, and bus factor. We illustrate the value of longitudinal data and conclude with a research agenda. The tool's demo video can be watched at this https URL. The source code can be found at this https URL.

Identifier

arXiv:2207.11767

Comments

Accepted for publication (submitted version).

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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