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See detailAugmenting and Structuring User Queries to Support Efficient Free-Form Code Search
Sirres, Raphael; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL; Kim, Dongsun et al

in Empirical Software Engineering (2018), 90

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See detailAugmenting and Structuring User Queries to Support Efficient Free-Form Code Search
Sirres, Raphael; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL; Kim, Dongsun UL et al

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Source code terms such as method names and variable types are often different from conceptual words mentioned in a search query. This vocabulary mismatch problem can make code search inefficient. In this ... [more ▼]

Source code terms such as method names and variable types are often different from conceptual words mentioned in a search query. This vocabulary mismatch problem can make code search inefficient. In this paper, we present Code voCABUlary (CoCaBu), an approach to resolving the vocabulary mismatch problem when dealing with free-form code search queries. Our approach leverages common developer questions and the associated expert answers to augment user queries with the relevant, but missing, structural code entities in order to improve the performance of matching relevant code examples within large code repositories. To instantiate this approach, we build GitSearch, a code search engine, on top of GitHub and StackOverflow Q\&A data. We evaluate GitSearch in several dimensions to demonstrate that (1) its code search results are correct with respect to user-accepted answers; (2) the results are qualitatively better than those of existing Internet-scale code search engines; (3) our engine is competitive against web search engines, such as Google, in helping users complete solve programming tasks; and (4) GitSearch provides code examples that are acceptable or interesting to the community as answers for StackOverflow questions. [less ▲]

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