Transactions on Software Engineering

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From the April 2018 Issue

Understanding Diverse Usage Patterns from Large-Scale Appstore-Service Profiles

By Xuanzhe Liu, Huoran Li, Xuan Lu, Tao Xie, Qiaozhu Mei, Feng Feng, and Hong Mei

Featured article thumbnail image The prevalence of smart mobile devices has promoted the popularity of mobile applications (a.k.a. apps). Supporting mobility has become a promising trend in software engineering research. This article presents an empirical study of behavioral service profiles collected from millions of users whose devices are deployed with Wandoujia, a leading Android app-store service in China. The dataset of Wandoujia service profiles consists of two kinds of user behavioral data from using 0.28 million free Android apps, including (1) app management activities (i.e., downloading, updating, and uninstalling apps) from over 17 million unique users and (2) app network usage from over 6 million unique users. We explore multiple aspects of such behavioral data and present patterns of app usage. Based on the findings as well as derived knowledge, we also suggest some new open opportunities and challenges that can be explored by the research community, including app development, deployment, delivery, revenue, etc.

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  • We are pleased to announce that Nenad Medvidović, a Professor in the Computer Science Department and in the Informatics Program at the University of Southern California, has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering starting in 2018.
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