2nd International Workshop on
App Market Analytics

Paderborn, Germany
September 05, 2017

News: The list of accepted papers can be viewed below.

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 2017), 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 pager

Workshop papers must follow the FSE 2017 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 contribution has to register (non-student registration) for the ESEC/FSE workshops by July 8, see http://esec-fse17.uni-paderborn.de/registration.php.


  • Submission Deadline: May 12 May 19, 2017
  • Submission Deadline for 2 pagers: June 25, 2017
  • Notifications: June 16, 2017
  • Camera Ready Deadline: July 3, 2017

Accepted Papers

  • Yuta Ishii, Takuya Watanabe, Fumihiro Kanei, Yuta Takata, Eitaro Shioji, Mitsuaki Akiyama, Takeshi Yagi, Bo Sun and Tatsuya Mori: Understanding the Security Management of Global Third-Party Android Marketplaces
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Naeem Esfahani and Sam Malek: Mining Mobile App Markets for Prioritization of Security Assessment Effort
  • Giovanni Grano, Andrea Di Sorbo, Francesco Mercaldo, Corrado A. Visaggio, Gerardo Canfora and Sebastiano Panichella: Android Apps and User Feedback: a Dataset for Software Evolution and Quality Improvement
  • Frederik Simon Bäumer, Markus Dollmann and Michaela Geierhos: Studying Software Descriptions in SourceForge and App Stores for a better Understanding of real-life Requirements

Program: TBD


Organising Committee

  • Federica Sarro, University College London
  • Emad Shihab, Concordia University
  • Meiyappan Nagappan, University of Waterloo
  • Marie C. Platenius, Paderborn University
  • Daniel Kaimann, Paderborn University

Program Committee

  • Bram Adams, MCIS, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Gabriele Bavota, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
  • Thorsten Berger, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg
  • Tegawendé F. Bissyandé, SnT, University of Luxembourg
  • Claus-Jochen Haake, University of Paderborn
  • Burkhard Hehenkamp, University of Paderborn
  • Claudia Iacob, University of Portsmouth
  • Foutse Khomh, DGIGL, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Jacques Klein, University of Luxembourg
  • Soo Ling Lim, University College London
  • Mario Linares-Vásquez, Universidad de los Andes
  • Sam Malek, University of California, Irvine
  • Maleknaz Nayebi, University of Calgary
  • Sven Overhage, University of Bamberg
  • Thomas Zimmermann, Microsoft Research