inspect4py: a knowledge extraction framework for Python code repositories

Rosa Filgueira, Daniel Garijo

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This work presents inspect4py, a static code analysis framework designed to automatically extract the main features, metadata and documentation of Python code repositories. Given an input folder with code, inspect4py uses abstract syntax trees and state of the art tools to find all functions, classes, tests, documentation, call graphs, module dependencies and control flows within all code files in that repository. Using these findings, inspect4py infers different ways of invoking a software component. We have evaluated our framework on 95 annotated repositories, obtaining promising results for software type classification (over 95% F1-score). With inspect4py, we aim to ease the understandability and adoption of software repositories by other researchers and developers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2022 Mining Software Repositories Conference
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2022
Event2022 Mining Software Repositories Conference (MSR 2022) - Virtual and In-Person, Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 23 May 202224 May 2022
Conference number: 5


Conference2022 Mining Software Repositories Conference (MSR 2022)
Abbreviated titleMSR 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Code mining
  • Software code
  • Software classification
  • Software documentation
  • Code understanding


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