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Studies have shown that social factors in development organizations have a dramatic effect on software quality. Separately, program dependency information has also been used successfully to predict which software components are more fault prone. Interestingly, the influence of these two phenomena have only been studied separately. Intuition and practical experience suggests, however, that task assignment (i.e. who worked on which components and how much) and dependency structure (which components have dependencies on others) together interact to influence the quality of the resulting software.
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