Z-score for Open Source Projects
Shaheen Syed, Department of Information and Computer Sciences, Utrecht University
In economy there exists the concept of the Z-score, a simple formula that can be used to predict whether a company will file for bankruptcy or not. As part of my MSc Thesis, I am developing a similar formula for Open Source projects. The Z-score for Open Source projects as we named it, addresses several success/failure variables to determine a value between 0 and 1, where 1 indicates Open Source projects that are highly successful. In order to determine such a formula we need to perform statistical analysis on the SourceForge dataset, preferably over different time intervals.