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ICPC 2020
Mon 13 - Wed 15 July 2020
co-located with ICSE 2020
Tue 14 Jul 2020 17:00 - 17:15 at ICPC - Session 8: Analysis Chair(s): Jinqiu Yang

Identifying source code that has poor readability allows developers to focus maintenance efforts on problematic code. Therefore, the effort to develop models that can quantify the readability of a piece of source code has been an area of interest for software engineering researchers for several years. However, recent research questions the usefulness of these readability models in practice. When applying these models to readability improvements that are made in practice, i.e., commits, they are unable to capture these incremental improvements, despite a clear perceived improvement by the developers. This results in a discrepancy between the models we have built to measure readability, and the actual perception of readability in practice. In this work, we propose a model that is able to detect incremental readability improvements made by developers in practice with an average precision of 79.2% and an average recall of 67% on an unseen test set . We then investigate the metrics that our model associates with developer perceived readability improvements as well as non-readability changes. Finally, we compare our model to existing state-of-the-art readability models, which our model outperforms by at least 23% in terms of precision and 42% in terms of recall.

Tue 14 Jul
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16:30 - 17:30: Research - Session 8: Analysis at ICPC
Chair(s): Jinqiu YangConcordia University, Montreal, Canada
icpc-2020-research16:30 - 16:45
Hakam W. AlomariMiami University, Matthew StephanMiami University
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icpc-2020-research16:45 - 17:00
Manishankar MondalAssistant Professor, Khulna University, Banani RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan, Chanchal K. RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan, Kevin SchneiderUniversity of Saskatchewan
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icpc-2020-research17:00 - 17:15
Devjeet RoyWashington State University, Sarah FakhouryWashington State University, John LeeWashington State University, Venera ArnaoudovaWashington State University
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icpc-2020-research17:15 - 17:30
Jinfeng LinUniversity of Notre Dame, Yalin LiuUniversity of Notre Dame, Jane Cleland-HuangUniversity of Notre Dame
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