An empirical investigation into a large-scale Java open source code repository

  title={An empirical investigation into a large-scale Java open source code repository},
  author={Mark Grechanik and Collin McMillan and Luca DeFerrari and Marco Comi and Stefano Crespi-Reghizzi and Denys Poshyvanyk and Chen Fu and Qing Xie and Carlo Ghezzi},
Getting insight into different aspects of source code artifacts is increasingly important -- yet there is little empirical research using large bodies of source code, and subsequently there are not much statistically significant evidence of common patterns and facts of how programmers write source code. We pose 32 research questions, explain rationale behind them, and obtain facts from 2,080 randomly chosen Java applications from Sourceforge. Among these facts we find that most methods have one… CONTINUE READING
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