Mining Architectural Information: A Systematic Mapping Study

by   Musengamana Jean de Dieu, et al.

Context: Mining Software Repositories (MSR) has become an essential activity in software development. Mining architectural information to support architecting activities, such as architecture understanding and recovery, has received a significant attention in recent years. However, there is an absence of a comprehensive understanding of the state of research on mining architectural information. Objective: This work aims to identify, analyze, and synthesize the literature on mining architectural information in software repositories in terms of architectural information and sources mined, architecting activities supported, approaches and tools used, and challenges faced. Method: A Systematic Mapping Study (SMS) has been conducted on the literature published between January 2006 and November 2021. Results: Of the 79 primary studies finally selected, 8 categories of architectural information have been mined, among which architectural description is the most mined architectural information; 12 architecting activities can be supported by the mined architectural information, among which architecture understanding is the most supported activity; 81 approaches and 52 tools were proposed and employed in mining architectural information; and 4 types of challenges in mining architectural information were identified. Conclusions: This SMS provides researchers with promising future directions and help practitioners be aware of what approaches and tools can be used to mine what architectural information from what sources to support various architecting activities.


How Do Developers Search for Architectural Information? An Industrial Survey

Building software systems often requires knowledge and skills beyond wha...

Understanding Software Architecture Erosion: A Systematic Mapping Study

Architecture erosion (AEr) can adversely affect software development and...

A Systematic Mapping Study on Microservices Architecture in DevOps

Context: Applying Microservices Architecture (MSA) in DevOps has receive...

Microservice Transition and its Granularity Problem: A Systematic Mapping Study

Microservices have gained wide recognition and acceptance in software in...

Continuous Architecting with Microservices and DevOps: A Systematic Mapping Study

Context: Several companies are migrating their information systems into ...

A Taxonomy of Modeling Approaches for Systems-of-Systems Dynamic Architectures: Overview and Prospects

Systems-of-Systems (SoS) result from the collaboration of independent Co...

An Energy-aware Mutation Testing Framework for EAST-ADL Architectural Models

Early design artifacts of embedded systems, such as architectural models...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset