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This article is part of a series of blog posts reviewing academic studies into open source software quality.
Exploring the Effects of Process Characteristics on Product Quality in Open Source Software Development, Koch and Neumann, 2008
Koch and Neumann from Vienna University published this paper in 2008. It built on prior published research into open source development processes and was a landmark study in terms of scale, extracting metrics from over 2 million lines of code. Prior published research in this area analysed data from code repositories and bug trackers, however Koch and Neumann were concerned that the resulting metrics focused too much on product rather than process. Their study would review both product AND process, with the particular aim of assessing the impact of software processes on product quality.
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