3rd International Workshop on
App Market Analytics

Tallin, Estonia
August, 2019

3rd International Workshop on App Market Analytics, WAMA 2019

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2019, Tallin, Estonia

Software applications (or apps) are distributed very differently these days than how they were once distributed - through centralized market places (which has changed the way developers interact with users, the way software is released, and consumed). These app markets, which are now standard for mobile apps, are getting popular now for desktop apps, games, and even open source apps. Such markets make it easier for app developers to release their new apps and update their existing apps. It also makes it easier for users to search, compare and download new apps and keep their existing apps up to date. Additionally, the app markets provide useful guidance to developers so that end users have the best quality apps. Finally, the market is public facing and has unique data like user comments, release notes, app popularity, besides just the app itself. Hence, app markets can be mined and the resulting data analyzed by researchers and analytics companies. Therefore, in this workshop (happening in conjunction with ESEC/FSE 2019), we seek to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss research challenges, ideas, initiatives and results that leverages such app market data to answer pertinent software engineering questions using analytical and empirical approaches. Furthermore, we want to incorporate interdisciplinary collaborations regarding economic aspects.

Call for Papers

We will seek original articles on studies that are related to app markets, with the end goal of making concrete recommendations to the app developers, app market developers, or other developers who provide libraries and frameworks for building apps, and end users. We especially encourage articles on:

  • Requirements in app markets (e.g., elicitation from descriptions and user reviews)
  • Feedback & reputation in app markets
    • Mining and classifying app reviews
    • Impact of app reviews
    • Interactions of reviews and pricing
  • App market design
    • App store policy compliance
    • Market mechanisms in app stores
  • App Development
    • Cross platform app development
    • App evolution and maintenance
    • Best practices
  • App project management
    • App deployment and release management
    • Challenges faced by small teams
    • Monetizing apps (e.g., optimal pricing, assessment of costs)
  • Quality of apps
    • User experience
    • Consumer perception
    • Legal and privacy issues
    • Resource utilization & power management
    • App recommendation
  • General software markets
    • Applicability of app market concepts to general software markets


We invite authors to submit any of the following kinds of workshop papers:

  • Full papers with 7 pages maximum
  • Data/Tool/Position papers with 4 pages maximum
  • Practitioner talk abstracts (500 words) are only open to practitioners and should describe in 500 words or less, a talk on a key aspect or challenge of app market analytics (primarily experience-based)
  • Posters along with a 2 page paper

Workshop papers must follow the ESEC/FSE 2019 Format and Submission Guidelines (but they do not have to be "double blind").

Please submit your papers here here.

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at the workshop in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings (note that student registrations do NOT satisfy the registration requirement). See registration info here.


  • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Notifications: June 24, 2019
  • Camera Ready Deadline: July 1, 2019


Organising Committee

  • Federica Sarro, University College London
  • Maleknaz Nayebi, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal

Program Committee

  • Rabe Abdalkareem, Concordia University
  • Bram Adams, MCIS, École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Afnan Al-Subaihin, University College London
  • Cuiyun Gao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Alessandra Gorla, IMDEA Software Institute
  • Safwat Hassan, Queen’s University
  • Claudia Iacob, University of Portsmouth
  • Konstantin Kuznetsov, Saarland University
  • Li Li, Monash University
  • Soo Ling Lim, University College London
  • Anas Mahmoud, Louisiana State University
  • Meiyappan Nagappan, University of Waterloo
  • Sebastiano Panichella, University of Zurich
  • Yuan Tian, School of Computing, Queen's Univeristy