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Agile Effort Estimation: Have We Solved the Problem Yet? Insights From A Second Replication Study (GPT2SP Replication Report)
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    Tawosi V, Moussa R, Sarro F
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    cs.SE, cs.SE
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Fu and Tantithamthavorn have recently proposed GPT2SP, a Transformer-based deep learning model for SP estimation of user stories. They empirically evaluated the performance of GPT2SP on a dataset shared by Choetkiertikul et al including 16 projects with a total of 23,313 issues. They benchmarked GPT2SP against two baselines (namely the naive Mean and Median estimators) and the method previously proposed by Choetkiertikul et al. (which we will refer to as DL2SP from now on) for both within- and cross-project estimation scenarios, and evaluated the extent to which each components of GPT2SP contribute towards the accuracy of the SP estimates. Their results show that GPT2SP outperforms DL2SP with a 6%-47% improvement over MAE for the within-project scenario and a 3%-46% improvement for the cross-project scenarios. However, when we attempted to use the GPT2SP source code made available by Fu and Tantithamthavorn to reproduce their experiments, we found a bug in the computation of the Mean Absolute Error (MAE), which may have inflated the GPT2SP's accuracy reported in their work. Therefore, we had issued a pull request to fix such a bug, which has been accepted and merged into their repository at https://github.com/awsm-research/gpt2sp/pull/2. In this report, we describe the results we achieved by using the fixed version of GPT2SP to replicate the experiments conducted in the original paper for RQ1 and RQ2. Following the original study, we analyse the results considering the Medan Absolute Error (MAE) of the estimation methods over all issues in each project, but we also report the Median Absolute Error (MdAE) and the Standard accuracy (SA) for completeness.
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