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Authors: Karimi, Zahra
Baraani-Dastjerdi, Ahmad
Ghasem-Aghaee, Nasser
Wagner, Stefan
Title: Links between the personalities, styles and performance in computer programming
Issue Date: 2015 Preprint Journal of systems and software (2015). URL
Abstract: There are repetitive patterns in strategies of manipulating source code. For example, modifying source code before acquiring knowledge of how a code works is a depth-first style whereas reading and understanding before modifying source code is a breadth-first style. To the extent we know, there is no study on the influence of personality on them. The objective of this study is to understand the influence of personality on programming styles. We did a correlational study with 65 programmers at the University of Stuttgart. Academic achievement, programming experience, attitude towards programming, and five personality factors were measured via self-assessed survey. The programming styles were asked for in the survey or mined from the software repositories. Performance in programming was composed of bug-proneness of programmers which was mined from software repositories, the grades they got in a software project course and their estimate of their own programming ability. In a statistical analysis we found that Openness to Experience has a positive association with breadth-first style and Conscientiousness has a positive association with depth-first style. We also found that, in addition to having more programming experience and better academic achievement, the styles of working depth-first and saving coarse-grained revisions improve performance in programming.
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