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ICPC 2021
Tue 18 - Thu 20 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021
Wed 19 May 2021 18:00 - 18:10 at ICPC Main Room - Naming Chair(s): Venera Arnaoudova

Variable and function names are extremely important for program comprehension. It is therefore also important to study how developers select names. But controlled experiments on naming are hindered by the need to describe to experimental subjects what it is they need to name. Words appearing in these descriptions may then find their way into the names, leading to a bias in the results. We suggest that this problem can be alleviated by using emojis or other small graphics in lieu of key words in the descriptions. A replication of previous work on naming, this time including such emojis and graphics, indeed led to a more diverse and less biased choice of words in the names than when using English descriptions.

Wed 19 May

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Wed 19 May 2021 17:50 - 18:10 at ICPC Main Room - Naming Chair(s): Venera Arnaoudova
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