Predicting Coding Effort in Projects Containing XML


Abstract—This paper studies the problem of predicting the coding effort for a subsequent year of development by analysing metrics extracted from project repositories, with an emphasis on projects containing XML code. The study considers thirteen open source projects and applies machine learning algorithms to generate models to predict one-year coding effort, measured in terms of lines of code added, modified and deleted. Both organisational and code metrics associated to revisions are taken into account. The results show that coding effort is highly determined by the expertise of developers while source code metrics have little effect on improving the accuracy of estimations of coding effort. The study also shows that models trained on one project are unreliable at estimating effort in other projects.

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