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Welcome to the homepage of the 8th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories!

The Mining Software Repositories (MSR) field analyzes the rich data available in software repositories to uncover interesting and actionable information about software systems and projects. The goal of this two-day working conference is to advance the science and practice of MSR.

The MSR conference is sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE. The proceedings will be published by ACM and included in its digital libraries. The Springer journal Empirical Software Engineering will publish a special issue on MSR 2011.

The prize (Xbox with Kinect) for the Mining Challenge has been sponsored by Microsoft Research.

MSR Best Paper Award

posted May 24, 2011, 12:15 AM by Emad Shihab

The paper titled "How Developers Use the Dynamic Features of Programming Languages: the Case of Smalltalk" by Oscar Callaú, Romain Robbes, Éric Tanter and David Röthlisberger was selected as the best paper of MSR'11.

Final MSR program posted

posted May 16, 2011, 11:55 PM by Emad Shihab

The final MSR program is now available.

Early Registration

posted Apr 15, 2011, 8:00 AM by Emad Shihab   [ updated Apr 16, 2011, 9:28 AM ]

Final day for early registration. Register today.
We look forward to seeing you in Hawaii!

MSR Program

posted Apr 15, 2011, 7:44 AM by Emad Shihab

The MSR program is now available. We have an exciting program this year with 2 keynote speakers, five full paper sessions, a short paper session and a challenge session.

List of Accepted Papers

posted Mar 4, 2011, 10:24 AM by Thomas Zimmermann   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 12:33 PM by Emad Shihab ]

The MSR notifications have been sent. Congratulations to all accepted authors. Acceptance rate has been 32.8% for full papers and 35.3% for short papers.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Hawaii! 

Full Papers

  • Julius Davies, Abram Hindle, Michael Godfrey and Daniel German. Software Bertillonage: Finding the Provenance of an Entity
  • Emanuel Giger, Martin Pinzger and Harald Gall. Comparing Fine-Grained Source Code Changes And Code Churn For Bug Prediction
  • Shivani Rao and Avinash Kak. Retrieval from Software Libraries for Bug Localization: A Comparative Study with Generic and Composite Text Models
  • Benjamin Biegel, Quinten David Soetens, Willi Hornig, Stephan Diehl and Serge Demeyer. Comparison of Similarity Metrics for Refactoring Detection
  • Gerardo Canfora, Luigi Cerulo, Marta Cimitile and Massimiliano Di Penta. Social Interactions around Cross-System Bug Fixings: the Case of FreeBSD and OpenBSD
  • Siim Karus and Harald Gall. A Study of Language Usage Evolution in Open Source Software
  • Pete Rotella and Sunita Chulani. Implementing Quality Metrics and Goals at the Corporate Level
  • Armijn Hemel, Karl Trygve Kalleberg, Rob Vermaas and Eelco Dolstra. Finding Software License Violations Through Binary Code Clone Detection
  • Dennis Pagano and Walid Maalej. How Do Developers Blog? An Exploratory Study
  • Vibha Singhal Sinha, Senthil Mani and Saurabh Sinha. Entering the Circle of Trust: Developer Initiation as Committers in Open-Source Projects
  • Laleh Mousavi Eshkevari, Venera Arnaoudova, Massimiliano Di Penta, Rocco Oliveto, Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc and Giuliano Antoniol. An Exploratory Study of Identifier Renamings
  • Chris Parnin, Christian Bird and Emerson Murphy-Hill. Java Generics Adoption: How New Features are Introduced, Championed, or Ignored
  • Abram Hindle, Neil Ernst, Mike Godfrey and John Mylopoulos. Automated topic naming to support cross-project analysis of software maintenance activities
  • Stephen Thomas, Bram Adams, Ahmed E. Hassan and Dorothea Blostein. Modeling the Evolution of Topics in Historical Software Repositories
  • Oscar Callaú, Romain Robbes, Éric Tanter and David Röthlisberger. How Developers Use the Dynamic Features of Programming Languages: the Case of Smalltalk
  • Sandeep Krishnan, Robyn Lutz and Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova. Empirical Evaluation of Reliability Improvement in an Evolving Software Product Line
  • Shahed Zaman, Bram Adams and Ahmed E. Hassan. Security vs Performance bugs: A Case Study on Firefox
  • Alexander W. J. Bradley and Gail C. Murphy. Supporting Software History Exploration
  • Daryl Posnett, Abram Hindle and Prem Devanbu. A Simpler Model of Software Readability
  • Jon Eyolfson, Lin Tan and Patrick Lam. Do time of day and developer experience affect commit bugginess?

Short Papers

  • Yuan-Fang Li and Hongyu Zhang. Integrating Software Engineering Data Using Semantic Web Technologies
  • Dave Binkley, Matthew Hearn and Dawn Lawrie. Improving identifier informativeness using Part of Speech Information
  • Pamela Bhattacharya and Iulian Neamtiu. Bug-fix Time Prediction Models: Can we do better?
  • Brandon Heller, Eli Marschner and Jeffrey Heer. Visualizing Collaboration and Influence in the Open-Source Software Community
  • Sergey Zeltyn, Peri Tarr, Murray Cantor, Robert Delmonico, Sateesh Kannegala, Mila Keren, Ashok Pon Kumar and Segev Wasserkrug. Improving Efficiency in Software Maintenance
  • Caitlin Sadowski, Chris Lewis, Zhongpeng Lin, Xiaoyan Zhu and E. James Whitehead. An Empirical Analysis of the FixCache Algorithm

Mining Challenge

  • Xinlei Wang, Eilwoo Baik and Premkumar Devanbu. Operating System Compatibility Analysis of Eclipse and Netbeans Based on Bug Data
  • Mario Luca Bernardi, Carmine Sementa, Quirino Zagarese, Damiano Distante and Massimiliano Di Penta. What Topics do Firefox and Chrome Contributors Discuss?
  • Olga Baysal, Ian Davis and Michael Godfrey. A Tale of Two Browsers
  • Yukinao Hirata and Osamu Mizuno. Do Comments Explain Codes Adequately?
  • Daniel German and Julius Davies. Apples Vs. Oranges? An exploration of the challenges of comparing the source code of two software systems

Share your Data with PROMISE!

posted Mar 3, 2011, 10:54 PM by Thomas Zimmermann

While the PC is making its final decisions for the author notification tomorrow, we would like to announce a partnership between MSR and PROMISE: 

This year, MSR has teamed with the PROMISE conference to manage storage of data from MSR 2011 papers. If you are able to so, we strongly encourage you to submit the data associated with your accepted paper to the PROMISE repository of reproducible SE experiments. 

By storing your data in a publicly accessible location, your papers will get cited more (since they will be the origin of a line of research based around your data). 

Also, by interacting with other researchers using your data, you may discover ways to enhance your analysis method (perhaps resulting in more publications, or novel grant opportunities, in the future). 

For information on how to donate data to PROMISE, see "How to donate data" at

Keynotes + Registration

posted Feb 22, 2011, 4:31 PM by Thomas Zimmermann   [ updated Feb 22, 2011, 4:50 PM ]

It is our pleasure to announce the keynote speakers for MSR 2011 in Hawaii.

Yuanyuan Zhou will talk about her tech-transfer experiences from copy-paste detection to checking for known bugs.
She is a Qualcomm Chair Professor at University of California, San Diego. She is also the CTO and co-founder for PatternInsight, whose tools have been used in several large companies to improve software quality.
Jim Whitehead will talk about computer games and opportunities for mining.
He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he performs research in the fields of software evolution, software bug prediction, and automated generation of computer game levels.

The registration for the MSR conference is now open. Early registration ends April 15. To register, please visit the following URL:

We look forward to seeing you in Hawaii!

Challenge Deadline Extended

posted Feb 16, 2011, 11:09 AM by Emad Shihab   [ updated Feb 16, 2011, 11:14 AM ]

Aloha! We have extended the submission deadline for the Mining Challenge to Sunday, February 20th. Submit your challenge papers for a chance to win an XBOX with Kinect!

We are looking forward to your submissions. Please use EasyChair to submit your challenge papers. See you in Hawaii!

Deadline Extended

posted Jan 20, 2011, 8:54 AM by Thomas Zimmermann   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 9:08 AM ]

Aloha! We have extended the submission deadlines for the research track: 
  • abstracts are due on Wednesday, January 26th
  • papers are now due on Monday, January 31st
We are looking forward to your submissions. Please use EasyChair to submit your abstracts and papers. See you in Hawaii!

Mining Challenge: Win an XBOX with Kinect!

posted Dec 7, 2010, 5:30 PM by Thomas Zimmermann   [ updated Jun 10, 2011, 6:12 AM ]

Find out how to participate on the Mining Challenge web-page.
The Xbox with Kinect is sponsored by Microsoft Research. Thanks!

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posted Oct 3, 2010, 6:44 PM by Thomas Zimmermann