XSearch: a domain-specific cross-language relevant question retrieval tool

Bowen Xu, Zhenchang Xing, Xin Xia, David Lo, Xuan Bach D. Le

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Abstract

During software development process, Chinese developers often seek solutions to the technical problems they encounter by searching relevant questions on Q&A sites. When developers fail to find solutions on Q&A sites in Chinese, they could translate their query and search on the English Q&A sites. However, Chinese developers who are non-native English speakers often are not comfortable to ask or search questions in English, as they do not know the proper translation of the Chinese technical words into the English technical words. Furthermore, the process of manually formulating cross-language queries and determining the importance of query words is a tedious and time-consuming process. For the purpose of helping Chinese developers take advantages of the rich knowledge base of the English version of Stack Overflow and simplify the retrieval process, we propose an automated cross-language relevant question retrieval tool (XSearch) to retrieve relevant English questions on Stack Overflow for a given Chinese question. This tool can address the increasing need for developer to solve technical problems by retrieving cross-language relevant Q&A resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESEC/FSE’17 - Proceedings of the 2017 11th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 4–8, 2017 Paderborn, Germany
EditorsEric Bodden, Wilhelm Schafer, Arie van Deursen, Andrea Zisman
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1009-1013
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351058
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2017 - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 11th
http://esec-fse17.uni-paderborn.de/

Conference

ConferenceJoint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2017
Abbreviated titleESEC/FSE 2017
CountryGermany
CityPaderborn
Period4/09/178/09/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Cross-language question retrieval
  • Domain-specific translation

Cite this

Xu, B., Xing, Z., Xia, X., Lo, D., & Le, X. B. D. (2017). XSearch: a domain-specific cross-language relevant question retrieval tool. In E. Bodden, W. Schafer, A. van Deursen, & A. Zisman (Eds.), ESEC/FSE’17 - Proceedings of the 2017 11th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering: September 4–8, 2017 Paderborn, Germany (pp. 1009-1013). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3106237.3122820