MSR 2013 May 18–19. San Francisco, California, USA
The 10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
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MSR 2013 Preview from Thomas Zimmermann


  • Mar 19, 2013
    Notifications are out, and the list of accepted papers is now available.
  • Mar 14, 2013
    Brian Doll is a keynote speaker at MSR 2013!
  • Mar 4, 2013
    The extension has now passed. Thank you, everyone, for your mining challenge submissions. MSR Challenge 24hr Extension - Submissions for the MSR Challenge will be accepted until 11:59PM Pago Pago time on March 5th, 2013, for a 24 hour extension.
  • Feb 13, 2013
    The extension has now passed. Thank you, everyone, for your submissions. Deadline Extension!!! - We will allow authors to update their Research, Practice and Data submissions up to (and including) February 18th, 2013. An initial submission must be made by the original deadline..
  • Jan 14, 2013
    This year's prize for the best Mining Challenge will be a Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT, sponsored by Microsoft Research.
  • Nov 20, 2012
    Prof. Gail C. Murphy is a keynote speaker at MSR 2013!
  • Nov 05, 2012
    We've announced our first Program Committees. They look forward to your research, practice, and data papers as well as challenge reports! Stay tuned for more.
  • Sep 12, 2012
    MSR 2013 Website Launched!


Program at a glance

Saturday, May 18, 2013
8:30-8:45 MSR 2013 Opening Message
8:45-9:45 Keynote 1 - Dr. Gail Murphy
9:45-10:30 1. Bug Triaging
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-11:35 2. MSR Goes Mobile
11:35-12:30 MSR Challenge
14:00-15:00 3. Changes and Fixes
15:00-16:00 4. Software Evolution
16:00-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:30 5. Analysis of Bug Reports
17:30-18:15 6. Ecosystems, Big Data

Sunday, May 19, 2013
8:30-9:30 Keynote 2 - Brian Doll
9:30-10:30 7. Bug Classification
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:20 8. Social Mining
12:20-12:30MSR 2014 Announcements
14:00-15:00 9. Search-Driven Dev
15:00-16:00 10. 10 Years of MSR
16:00-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:15 11. Mining Unstructured Data
17:15-18:00 12. Predictor Models
18:00-18:10Wrap Up


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Important Dates

Research/Practice abstracts:Feb 8, 2013
Research/Practice papers:Feb 15, 2013
(Updates until Feb 18th, 2013)
Data papers:Feb 15, 2013
(Updates until Feb 18th, 2013)
Challenge papers: Mar 05, 2013
(24 hour extension)
Author notification:Mar 15, 2013
Camera-ready copy:Mar 29, 2013
Conference:May 18-19, 2013

All submission deadlines are 11:59 PM (Pago Pago, American Samoa) on the dates indicated.
Submit papers through EasyChair:
Paper submission guidelines:


Welcome to the official website of MSR 2013

The Mining Software Repositories (MSR) field analyzes the rich data available in software repositories to uncover interesting and actionable information about software systems and projects. The goal of this two-day working conference is to advance the science and practice of MSR.

The 10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories is sponsored by IEEE TCSE and ACM SIGSOFT.


You can register for the MSR-2013 conference through the ICSE-2013 registration page. There is an early-bird discount for registrations before April 14th, 2013. The registration fees for the MSR-2013 conference are listed in the table below:

All prices are in U.S. dollars On or Before April 14, 2013 After April 14 and Onsite
ACM or
Student ACM or
(Sat 5/18 - Sun 5/19)
$550 $650 $350 $425 $650 $750 $425 $500



Order printed MSR proceedings by April 15 for free delivery to the conference. Only $20 per volume.

Accepted Papers Statistics:

Research/Practice (full):    81 submitted, 31 accepted    (38%)
Research/Practice (short):    22 submitted, 5 accepted    (23%)
Data:    27 submitted, 15 accepted    (56%)
Challenge:    29 submitted, 12 accepted    (41%)


Original Call For Papers

Software repositories such as source control systems, archived communications between project personnel, and defect tracking systems are used to help manage the progress of software projects. Software practitioners and researchers are recognizing the benefits of mining this information to support the maintenance of software systems, improve software design/reuse, and empirically validate novel ideas and techniques. Research is now proceeding to uncover the ways in which mining these repositories can help to understand software development and software evolution, to support predictions about software development, and to exploit this knowledge concretely in planning future development. The goal of this two-day working conference is to advance the science and practice of software engineering via the analysis of data stored in software repositories.

This year, we will solicit three tracks of papers: research, practice, and data. As in previous MSR editions, there will be a Mining Challenge and a special issue of best MSR papers in the Empirical Software Engineering journal.

Research papers can be short papers (4 pages) and full papers (10 pages). Short research papers should discuss controversial issues in the field, or describe interesting or thought provoking ideas that are not yet fully developed. Accepted short papers will present their ideas in a short lightning talk. Full research papers are expected to describe new research results, and have a higher degree of technical rigor than short papers.

Practice papers should report experiences of applying mining repository algorithms in an industry/open source organization context. Practice papers aim at reporting positive or negative experiences of applying known algorithms, but adapting existing algorithms or proposing new algorithms for practical use would be plus. Practice papers also can be short papers (4 pages) and full papers (10 pages).

Data papers. We want to encourage researchers to share their data. Data papers should describe data sets curated by their authors and made available to others. They are expected to be at most 4 pages long and should address the following: description of the data, including its source; methodology used to gather it; description of the schema used to store it, and any limitations and/or challenges of this data set. The data should be made available at the time of submission of the paper for review, but will be considered confidential until publication of the paper. Further details about data papers are available on the conference website.

In the Mining Challenge, we invite researchers to demonstrate the usefulness of their mining tools on preselected software repositories and summarize their findings in a challenge report (4 pages). Please visit our Challenge Web Site for details about the Mining Challenge.

EMSE special issue. A selection of the best research papers will be invited for consideration in a special issue of the journal, Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE). edited by Springer.


Papers may address issues along the general themes, including but not limited to the following:

  • Analysis of software ecosystems and mining of repositories across multiple projects
  • Models for social and development processes that occur in large software projects
  • Prediction of future software qualities via analysis of software repositories
  • Models of software project evolution based on historical repository data
  • Characterization, classification, and prediction of software defects based on analysis of software repositories
  • Techniques to model reliability and defect occurrences
  • Search-driven software development, including search techniques to assist developers in finding suitable components and code fragments for reuse, and software search engines
  • Analysis of change patterns and trends to assist in future development
  • Visualization techniques and models of mined data
  • Techniques and tools for capturing new forms of data for storage in software repositories, such as effort data, fine-grained changes, and refactoring
  • Characterization of bias in mining and guidelines to ensure quality results
  • Privacy and ethics in mining software repositories
  • Meta-models, exchange formats, and infrastructure tools to facilitate the sharing of extracted data and to encourage reuse and repeatability
  • Empirical studies on extracting data from repositories of large long-lived and/or industrial projects
  • Methods of integrating mined data from various historical sources
  • Approaches, applications, and tools for software repository mining
  • Mining software licensing and copyrights
  • Mining execution traces and logs
  • Analysis of natural language artifacts in software repositories


All papers must conform at time of submission to the ICSE/MSR 2013 Formatting Instructions and must not exceed the page limits (research/practice papers: 10 pages; short papers: 4 pages; data papers: 4 pages; challenge reports: 4 pages), including all text, references, appendices and figures. All submissions must be in English and in PDF format.

Papers submitted for consideration should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere for the duration of consideration. ACM plagiarism policies and procedures shall be followed for cases of double submission.

Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair using the following URL:

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an IEEE Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. At least one author of each paper is expected to present the results at the MSR 2013 conference. All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings.