Identifying Social Roles in Software Developing Communities

  • Angela Bohn (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Stefan Theußl (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Ingo Feinerer (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Hornik, K. (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Patrick Mair (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Norbert Walchhofer (Ko-Autor*in)

Aktivität: VortragWissenschaftlicher Vortrag (Science-to-Science)


In software developing communities, a variety of management, operational and advisory tasks have to be performed. Depending on the organizational structure, these tasks are more or less strictly defined. On a second level, the members of these communities also exhibit other, rather social, roles in their every day working life. Part of their behavior is recorded by online communication platforms, like R-Forge (, an integrative framework for R (R
Development Core Team, 2008) developers. In order to find social roles in the R developers' communities, we introduce a procedure based on closeness centrality
(Freeman, 1979) and edge-weighted closeness (Bohn et al., 2008). For this purpose, closeness is understood as a centrality measure where every network member collects a certain amount of centrality in his or her nth-order neighborhood (distance). The
neighborhoods where nodes gain most of their closeness tell a lot about their social roles and the network structure as a whole. We will also show that this methodology finds global as well as local centers and is therefore suitable for larger networks.
Zeitraum13 März 200916 März 2009
EreignistitelInternational Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) 2009 Conference
VeranstaltungstypKeine Angaben

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

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