Analysis of Modern Peer Review Process from the Perspective of Social Network
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Peer review is regarded as one most important inspection methods to keep
the quality and productivity of software.
Different from traditional development, OSS development is characterized by
geographically distributed collaboration and volunteer contribution.
Software inspection has been well understood and studied for software that follows traditional development,
however, for OSS peer review process little is known.
This study investigates OSS peer review processes from a novel perspective using social network analysis (SNA).
In this paper, the relationship between peer review contributors and their activities has been studied.
And proposed an approach to evaluate contributors performance using SNA named Peer Review Social Network (PeRSoN).
As a case study, the review process from three representative OSS projects was extracted and analyzed.
The results provide the review network structure of contributors,
which can be used to evaluate the contributors' performance.
This approach could support project managers to assign review tasks, appoint reviewers and
other activities to improve current software processes.