Frontmatter: Mining Android User Interfaces at Scale

Kuznetsov, Konstantin and Fu, Chen and Gao, Song and Jansen, David N. and Zhang, Lijun and Zeller, Andreas
(2021) Frontmatter: Mining Android User Interfaces at Scale.
In: ESEC/FSE 2021, August 23–28, 2021, Athens, Greece.
Conference: ESEC/FSE European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (formerly listed as ESEC)


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We introduce Frontmatter: the largest open-access dataset containing user interface models of about 160,000 Android apps. Frontmatter opens the door for comprehensive mining of mobile user interfaces, jumpstarting empirical research at a large scale, addressing questions such as "How many travel apps require registration?", "Which apps do not follow accessibility guidelines?", "Does the user interface correspond to the description?", and many more. The Frontmatter UI analysis tool and the Frontmatter dataset are available under an open-source license.


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