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Assessing MCR discussion usefulness using semantic similarity

T Pangsakulyanont, P Thongtanunam, D Port, H Iida

Proceedings - 2014 6th International Workshop on Empirical Software Engineering in Practice, IWESEP 2014 | Published : 2014


Modern Code Review (MCR) is an informal practice whereby reviewers virtually discuss proposed changes by adding comments through a code review tool or mailing list. It has received much research attention due to its perceived cost-effectiveness and popularity with industrial and OSS projects. Recent studies indicate there is a positive relationship between the number of review comments and code quality. However, little research exists investigating how such discussion impacts software quality. The concern is that the informality of MCR encourages a focus on trivial, tangential, or unrelated issues. Indeed, we have observed that such comments are quite frequent and may even constitute the maj..

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