The Role of Interactions within the Community in the Development of FLOS Software: an experiment
The study tries to apply a sort of critical-mass game theoretic social dilemma model (a la Schelling) to the development of Open Source software. The model is built on the interactions between boundedly rational agents, and shows path-dependence and the emergence of the structured interactions starting from an empty landscape. The model is then tested in a controlled laboratory setting with human subjects, in the tradition of experimental economics.
The SourceForge.net data will be used to obtain details on the distribution of developers across projects in time, since this is the main stylized fact the model and the lad experiments try to replicate.
Paolo Crosetto, University of Milano