Mining stack overflow for API class recommendation using DOC2VEC and LDA

Lee, Wai Keat and Su, Moon Ting (2021) Mining stack overflow for API class recommendation using DOC2VEC and LDA. IET Software, 15 (5). pp. 308-322. ISSN 1751-8806, DOI

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To address the lexical gaps between natural language (NL) queries and Application Programming Interface (API) documentations, and between NL queries and programme code, this study developed a novel approach for recommending Java API classes that are relevant to the program ming tasks described in NL queries. A Doc2Vec model was trained using question titles mined from Stack Overflow. The model was used to find question titles that are semantically similar to a query. Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) topic modelling was applied on the Java API classes (extracted from code snippets found in the accepted answers of these similar questions) to extract a single topic comprising of the Top-10 Java API classes that are relevant to the query. The benchmarking of the proposed approach against state-of-the-art approaches, RACK and NLP2API, by using four performance metrics show that it is possible to produce comparable API recommendation results using a less complex approach that makes use of some basic machine learning models, in particular, Doc2Vec and LDA. The approach was implemented in a Java API class recommender with an Eclipse IDE's plug-in serving as the front-end.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Application Programming Interface (API); Stack Overflow; Natural language (NL) queries
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 05:05
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 05:05

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