Ethical Mining: A Case Study on MSR Mining Challenges

@article{Gold2020EthicalMA,
  title={Ethical Mining: A Case Study on MSR Mining Challenges},
  author={Nicolas E. Gold and Jens Krinke},
  journal={Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories},
  year={2020}
}
  • N. Gold, J. Krinke
  • Published 29 June 2020
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories
Research in Mining Software Repositories (MSR) is research involving human subjects, as the repositories usually contain data about developers' interactions with the repositories. Therefore, any research in the area needs to consider the ethics implications of the intended activity before starting. This paper presents a discussion of the ethics implications of MSR research, using the mining challenges from the years 2010 to 2019 as a case study to identify the kinds of data used. It highlights… 

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