Recognizing bot activity in collaborative software development

Mehdi Golzadeh, Tom Mens, Alexandre Decan, Eleni Constantinou, Natarajan Chidambaram

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Using popular open source projects on GitHub, we provide evidence that bots are regularly among the most active contributors, even though GitHub does not explicitly acknowledge their presence. This poses a problem for techniques that analyze human contributor activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number5
Early online date26 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • bot identification
  • contributor activity
  • developer contribution
  • machine account


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