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2013 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering
The Evolution of the R Software Ecosystem
Genova, Italy Italy
March 05-March 08
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5833-0
Software ecosystems form the heart of modern companies' collaboration strategies with end users, open source developers and other companies. An ecosystem consists of a core platform and a halo of user contributions that provide value to a company or project. In order to sustain the level and number of high-quality contributions, it is crucial for companies and contributors to understand how ecosystems tend to evolve and can be maintained successfully over time. As a first step, this paper explores the evolution characteristics of the statistical computing project GNU R, which is a successful, end-user programming ecosystem. We find that the ecosystem of user-contributed R packages has been growing steadily since R's conception, at a significantly faster rate than core packages, yet each individual package remains stable in size. We also identified differences in the way user-contributed and core packages are able to attract an active community of users.
Index Terms:
R,Software ecosystems,Evolution
Daniel M. German, Bram Adams, Ahmed E. Hassan, "The Evolution of the R Software Ecosystem," csmr, pp.243-252, 2013 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, 2013
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