Discovering the Rise and Fall of Software Engineering Ideas from Scholarly Publication Data

Subhajit Datta, Santonu Sarkar, A.S.M. Sajeev, Nishant Kumar
2015 Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web - WWW '15 Companion  
For researchers and practitioners of a relatively young discipline like software engineering, an enduring concern is to identify the acorns that will grow into oaks -ideas remaining most current in the long run. Additionally, it is interesting to know how the ideas have risen in importance, and fallen, perhaps to rise again. We analyzed a corpus of 19,000+ papers written by 21,000+ authors across 16 software engineering publication venues from 1975 to 2010, to empirically determine the
more » ... of software engineering research topics. We adapted existing measures of half-life as well as defined a specific measure based on publication and citation counts. The results from this empirical study are a presented in this paper.
doi:10.1145/2740908.2741734 dblp:conf/www/DattaSSK15 fatcat:7x4ugqvgsre3dnyyjm6t6sih44