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Many prominent tech companies have embraced an analytics-driven culture to help improve their decision making. Analytics include methods of gathering, preprocessing, transforming and modelling raw data with the purpose of highlighting useful information and drawing conclusions from it. Software analytics are used to leverage large volumes of data from multiple sources to help practitioners make informed decisions about their projects. While analytics solutions demonstrated promising results, there are many challenges left concerned with developing, integrating, adopting analytics into software development processes.

The first International Workshop on Software Analytics (SWAN 2015) aims at providing a common venue for researchers and practitioners across software engineering, data mining and mining software repositories research domains to share new approaches and emerging results in developing and validating analytics rich solutions, as well as adopting analytics to software development and maintenance processes to better inform their everyday decisions. It will be co-located with SANER 2015, Montreal, Canada. The goals of the workshop are to discuss progress on software analytics, data mining and analysis; to gather empirical evidence on the use and effectiveness of analytics; and to identify priorities for a research agenda. The workshop invites both academic researchers and industrial practitioners for an exchange of ideas and collaboration. Please find the PDF version of the CFP here.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of software and data analytics to support decision making; 
  • Data-driven approaches for data exploration and analysis; 
  • Predictive analytics; 
  • Web analytics, development analytics, business intelligence tools, Hadoop tools; 
  • Quantitative vs. qualitative analytics;
  • Large-scale data mining, analysis and analytics;
  • Software analytics for various stakeholders (e.g., managers vs. developers); 
  • Methods of integrating data from multiple sources (applications, interfaces, mobile apps); 
  • Empirical studies on how software analytics are used in practice and their effectiveness; 
  • Negative results (“what did not work”) when adopting software analytics, and experience reports; 
  • Identification of open research challenges and proposed solutions.


Submission Information

SWAN 2015 invites contributions in the form of position (2-page) or short (4-page) papers from both academia and industry. All submissions should describe unpublished work and must have been neither previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference, or workshop. Submissions can be position papers, research papers, studies, experience or practice reports.

All submissions must conform to the IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines, see and must not exceed 4 pages (including all text, figures). If the submission is accepted, at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper. Paper submissions should be uploaded electronically in PDF format to SWAN 2015 EasyChair submission site by December 29, 2014 (AoE Time).