Analyzing the social ties and structure of contributors in Open Source Software community

Mohammad Y. Allaho, Wang-chien Lee

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Abstract

We conduct a statistical analysis on the social networks of contributors in Open Source Software (OSS) communities using datasets collected from two most fast-growing OSS social interaction sites, Github.com and Ohloh.net. Our goal is to analyze the connectivity structure of the social networks of contributors and to investigate the effect of the different social tie structures on developers' overall productivity to OSS projects. We first analyze the general structure of the social networks, e.g., graph distances and the degree distribution of the social networks. Our analysis confirms that the social networks of OSS communities follow power-law degree distributions and exhibit small-world characteristics. However, the degree mixing pattern shows that high degree nodes tend to connect more with low degree nodes, suggesting collaborations between experts and newbie developers. Second, we study the correlation between graph degrees and the productivity of the contributors in terms of the amount of contribution and commitment to OSS projects. The analysis demonstrates evident influence of the social ties on the developers' overall productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages56-60
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450322409
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 25 2013Aug 28 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
CountryCanada
CityNiagara Falls, ON
Period8/25/138/28/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Allaho, M. Y., & Lee, W. (2013). Analyzing the social ties and structure of contributors in Open Source Software community. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 (pp. 56-60). (Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492627