Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Computer Science

Advisor 1

Laura Brown

Committee Member 1

Charles Wallace

Committee Member 2

Nilufer Onder


StackOverflow is an extensively used platform for programming questions. In this report, text mining and machine learning classifiers such as decision trees and Naive Bayes are used to evaluate whether a given question posted on StackOverflow will be closed or answered. While multiple models were used in the analysis, the performance for the models was no better than the majority classifier. Future work to develop better performing classifiers to understand why a question is closed or answered will require additional natural language processing or methods to address the imbalanced data.

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