Api hyperlinking via structural overlap

Fan Long, Xi Wang, Yang Cai
2009 Proceedings of the 7th joint meeting of the European software engineering conference and the ACM SIGSOFT symposium on The foundations of software engineering on European software engineering conference and foundations of software engineering symposium - ESEC/FSE '09  
This paper presents a tool Altair that automatically generates API function cross-references, which emphasizes reliable structural measures and does not depend on specific client code. Altair ranks related API functions for a given query according to pair-wise overlap, i.e., how they share state, and clusters tightly related ones into meaningful modules. Experiments against several popular C software packages show that Altair recommends related API functions for a given query with remarkably
more » ... e precise and complete results than previous tools, that it can extract modules from moderate-sized software (e.g., Apache with 1000+ functions) at high precision and recall rates (e.g., both exceeding 70% for two modules in Apache), and that the computation can finish within a few seconds.
doi:10.1145/1595696.1595727 dblp:conf/sigsoft/LongWC09 fatcat:uyi53mloxzchnnulfc7sm35gl4