The empirical commit frequency distribution of open source projects

Carsten Kolassa, Dirk Riehle, Michel A. Salim
2013 Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration - WikiSym '13  
A fundamental unit of work in programming is the code contribution ("commit") that a developer makes to the code base of the project in work. An author's commit frequency describes how often that author commits. Knowing the distribution of all commit frequencies is a fundamental part of understanding software development processes. This paper presents a detailed quantitative analysis of commit frequencies in open-source software development. The analysis is based on a large sample of open
more » ... projects, and presents the overall distribution of commit frequencies. We analyze the data to show the differences between authors and projects by project size; we also includes a comparison of successful and non successful projects and we derive an activity indicator from these analyses. By measuring a fundamental dimension of programming we help improve software development tools and our understanding of software development. We also validate some fundamental assumptions about software development.
doi:10.1145/2491055.2491073 dblp:conf/wikis/KolassaRS13 fatcat:rukz6i3x6rgn3hjzkdudlorloq