By David Pattison, Christian Bird, and Premkumar Devanbu

Published in Proceedings of the Fifth International Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories

Developers in Open Source Software (OSS) projects communicate using mailing lists. By convention, the mailing lists are used only for task-related discussions, so they are primarily concerned with the software under development, and software process issues (releases, etc.). We focus on the discussions concerning the software, and study the frequency with which software entities (functions, methods, classes, etc) are mentioned in the mail. We find a strong, striking, cumulative relationship between this mention count in the email, and the number of times these entities are included in changes to the software. When we study the same phenomena over a series of time-intervals, the relationship is much less strong. This suggests some interesting avenues for future research.


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@INPROCEEDINGS{pattison2008twp,
  author = {David Pattison and Christian Bird and Premkumar Devanbu},
  title = {{Talk and Work: a Preliminary Report} },
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Fifth International Working Conference on Mining
	Software Repositories},
  year = {2008},
  publisher = {ACM},
  location = {Leipzig, Germany}
}

Talk and Work: a Preliminary Report (MSR 08)