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Empirical Software Engineering

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21.05.2018 Open Access

Software engineering in start-up companies: An analysis of 88 experience reports

Software start-ups are important suppliers of innovation and innovative software products (Baskerville et al. 2003 ), providing products and services that are a significant part to the economy (Startup Compass Inc. 2015 ). This potential is …


Alleviating patch overfitting with automatic test generation: a study of feasibility and effectiveness for the Nopol repair system

Among the many different kinds of program repair techniques, one widely studied family of techniques is called test suite based repair. However, test suites are in essence input-output specifications and are thus typically inadequate for …

12.05.2018 | Experience Report

Successes, challenges, and rethinking – an industrial investigation on crowdsourced mobile application testing

The term crowdsourcing – a compound contraction of crowd and outsourcing – is a new paradigm for utilizing the power of crowds of people to facilitate large-scale tasks that are costly or time consuming with traditional methods. This paradigm …

03.05.2018 | Editorial

Foreword to the special issue on empirical research in requirements engineering


Programmers do not favor lambda expressions for concurrent object-oriented code

Lambda expressions have long been state-of-the-art in the functional programming paradigm. Especially with regard to the use of higher-order functions, they provide developers with a means of defining predicate or projection functions locally …

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Empirical Software Engineering provides a forum for applied software engineering research with a strong empirical component, and a venue for publishing empirical results relevant to both researchers and practitioners. Empirical studies presented here usually involve the collection and analysis of data and experience that can be used to characterize, evaluate and reveal relationships between software development deliverables, practices, and technologies. Over time, it is expected that such empirical results will form a body of knowledge leading to widely accepted and well-formed theories.

The journal also offers industrial experience reports detailing the application of software technologies - processes, methods, or tools - and their effectiveness in industrial settings.

Empirical Software Engineering promotes the publication of industry-relevant research, to address the significant gap between research and practice.

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