The Impact of Prior Knowledge on Searching in Software Documentation

K.A. de Graaf, P. Liang, A. Tang, J.C. Vliet

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Software documents are used to capture and communicate knowledge in software projects. It is important that this knowledge can be retrieved efficiently and effectively, to prevent wasted time and errors that negatively affect the quality of software. In this paper we investigate how software professionals search for knowledge in documentation. We studied the search behaviour of professionals in industry. Prior knowledge helps professionals to search software documents efficiently and effectively. However, it can also misguide professionals to an incomplete search.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng)
PublisherACM
Pages189-198
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Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng) -
Duration: 16 Sep 201419 Sep 2014

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ConferenceThe 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng)
Period16/09/1419/09/14

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de Graaf, K. A., Liang, P., Tang, A., & Vliet, J. C. (2014). The Impact of Prior Knowledge on Searching in Software Documentation. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng) (pp. 189-198). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2644866.2644878
de Graaf, K.A. ; Liang, P. ; Tang, A. ; Vliet, J.C. / The Impact of Prior Knowledge on Searching in Software Documentation. Proceedings of the 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng). ACM, 2014. pp. 189-198
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Proceedings of the 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng). ACM, 2014. p. 189-198.

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de Graaf KA, Liang P, Tang A, Vliet JC. The Impact of Prior Knowledge on Searching in Software Documentation. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng). ACM. 2014. p. 189-198 https://doi.org/10.1145/2644866.2644878