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Recent studies on open-source software (OSS) products report that smaller modules are proportionally more defect prone compared to larger ones. This phenomenon, referred to as the Theory of Relative Defect Proneness (RDP), challenges the traditional QA approaches that give a higher priority to larger modules, and it attracts growing interest from(More)
Data mining techniques have been widely used in many research disciplines such as medicine, life sciences, and social sciences to extract useful knowledge (such as mining models) from research data. Research data often needs to be published along with the data mining model for verification or reanalysis. However, the privacy of the published data needs to(More)
BACKGROUND The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects hospital discharge abstract data (DAD) from Canadian provinces and territories. There are many demands for the disclosure of this data for research and analysis to inform policy making. To expedite the disclosure of data for some of these purposes, the construction of a DAD public use(More)
BACKGROUND Open source (OS) software is continuously gaining recognition and use in the biomedical domain, for example, in health informatics and bioinformatics. OBJECTIVES Given the mission critical nature of applications in this domain and their potential impact on patient safety, it is important to understand to what degree and how effectively(More)
Our recent studies on single releases of multiple open-source software (OSS) products showed a higher concentration of dependencies in smaller modules. For one of the products, it was observed that an isolatable and observable refactoring initiative exacerbated this concentration inequality. In this paper, we empirically investigate the dependency(More)
OBJECTIVES To help manage the risk of falls in home care, this study aimed to (i) identify home care clinicians' information needs and how they manage missing or inaccurate data, (ii) identify problems that impact effectiveness and efficiency associated with retaining, exchanging, or processing information about fall risks in existing workflows and(More)
Welcome to the Empirical Software Engineering’s special issue on predictive models in software engineering. The goal of such methods is repeatable, refutable (and possibly improvable) results in software engineering. Many of the recent papers in SE literature are based on data from on-line repositories such as http://promisedata.googlecode.com. This(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to support home health agencies (HHAs) in the United States (US) in their individualized quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) initiatives by identifying their key performance improvement domains (KPIDs). METHODS Qualitative research was conducted by following the Framework method. Rich contextual(More)