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Automatic Quality Assessment of Source Code Comments: The JavadocMiner

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Automatic Quality Assessment of Source Code Comments: The JavadocMiner
Abstract. An important software engineering artefact used by developers and maintainers to assist in software comprehension and maintenance is source code documentation. It provides insights that help software engineers to effectively perform their tasks, and therefore ensuring the quality of the documentation is extremely important. Inline documentation is at the forefront of explaining a programmer’s original intentions for a given implementation. Since this documentation is written in natural language, ensuring its quality needs to be performed manually. In this paper, we present an effective and automated approach for assessing the quality of inline documentation using a set of heuristics, targeting both quality of language and consistency between source code and its comments. We apply our tool to the different modules of two open source applications (ArgoUML and Eclipse), and correlate the results returned by the analysis with bug defects reported for the individual modules i...
Ninus Khamis, René Witte, Juergen Rilling
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where NLDB
Authors Ninus Khamis, René Witte, Juergen Rilling
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