Power-Laws and Structure in Functional Programs

@article{Coleman2014PowerLawsAS,
  title={Power-Laws and Structure in Functional Programs},
  author={Ron Coleman and Matthew Johnson},
  journal={2014 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence},
  year={2014},
  volume={2},
  pages={168-172}
}
We downloaded from GitHub, Inc., a portfolio of recently updated open source Scala projects containing 16,500 source files with 2.3 million lines of code and 223,000 methods written by hundreds of programmers. A related paper found in this "big data" of functional programs non-Gaussian distributions of lines of code and cyclomatic complexity and speculated that the distributions resembled those of phenomena known to be fractal in structure, following power laws. In this paper we show that power… CONTINUE READING