Analysis of the Impact of Tags on Stack Overflow Questions
Ithipathachai, Von Kendall
User queries on Stack Overflow commonly suffer from either inadequate length or inadequate clarity with regards to the languages and/or tools they are meant for. Although the site makes use of a tagging system for classifying questions, tags are used minimally (if at all). To investigate the impact of tags in the quality of results returned by the queries, in this research we propose a new query expansion solution. Our technique assigns tags to queries based on how well they match the queries’ topics. We evaluated our technique on eight sets of queries categorized by overall length and programming language. We examined the retrieval results by adding varying numbers of tags to the queries, and monitored the recall and precision rates. Our results indicate that queries yield considerably higher recall and precision rates with extra tags than without. We further conclude that tags are a particularly effective means of enhancement when the original queries do not already return sufficient yields to begin with.
Ithipathachai, Von Kendall. (April 2022). Analysis of the Impact of Tags on Stack Overflow Questions (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10641.)
Ithipathachai, Von Kendall. Analysis of the Impact of Tags on Stack Overflow Questions. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, April 2022. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10641. December 02, 2022.
Ithipathachai, Von Kendall, “Analysis of the Impact of Tags on Stack Overflow Questions” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, April 2022).
Ithipathachai, Von Kendall. Analysis of the Impact of Tags on Stack Overflow Questions [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; April 2022.
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