Dr. Christian Zingg


My research examines the impact that shocks such as the departure of key individuals have on social systems and their subsequent recovery. I develop and analyse statistical resilience measures that are, for example, based on entropies and which are computationally efficient. This enables me to study the resilience of systems with hundreds of individuals and analyse their evolution over multiple years.

The social systems that I study are primarily teams of Open Source Software developers on online platforms such as GitHub. I follow a data-driven approach by mining and analysing hundreds of Gigabytes of data to track the interactions between developers based on their public activities.

By studying the effects of shocks on software development teams, I aim to develop strategies to promote their resilience and sustainability. Through this research, I hope to contribute to our understanding of how these teams respond to disruptions and how they can be supported to recover quickly and efficiently.

Christian's most recent publications

Detecting and Optimising Team Interactions in Software Development

arXiv - 2023

Christian Zingg, Alexander von Gernler, Carsten Arzig, Frank Schweitzer and Christoph Gote

Locating Community Smells in Software Development Processes Using Higher-Order Network Centralities

Social Network Analysis and Mining - 2023

Christoph Gote, Vincenzo Perri, Christian Zingg, Giona Casiraghi, Carsten Arzig, Alexander von Gernler, Frank Schweitzer and Ingo Scholtes

Modeling social resilience: Questions, answers, open problems

Advances in Complex Systems - 2022

Frank Schweitzer, Georges Andres, Giona Casiraghi, Christoph Gote, Ramona Roller, Ingo Scholtes, Giacomo Vaccario and Christian Zingg

Struggling with change: The fragile resilience of collectives

Perspectives on Psychological Science - 2022

Frank Schweitzer, Christian Zingg and Giona Casiraghi

The downside of heterogeneity: How established relations counteract systemic adaptivity in tasks assignments

Entropy, 23(12), 1677 - 2021

Giona Casiraghi, Christian Zingg and Frank Schweitzer

gambit - An Open Source Name Disambiguation Tool for Version Control Systems

2021 IEEE/ACM 18th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR) - 2021

Christoph Gote and Christian Zingg

Citations Driven by Social Connections? A Multi-Layer Representation of Coauthorship Networks

Quantitative Science Studies - 2020

Christian Zingg, Vahan Nanumyan and Frank Schweitzer

What is the Entropy of a Social Organization?

Entropy - 2019

Christian Zingg, Giona Casiraghi, Giacomo Vaccario and Frank Schweitzer

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