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Searching for cognitively diverse tests: Towards universal test diversity metrics
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology. (IS (Embedded Systems))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0611-2655
2008 (English)In: International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation: Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Search-based Software Testing (SBST'08), Collocated with 1st International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation, 2008, 178-186 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Search-based software testing (SBST) has shown a potential to decrease cost and increase quality of testing related software development activities. Research in SBST has so far mainly focused on the search for isolated tests that are optimal according to a fitness function that guides the search. In this paper we make the case for fitness functions that measure test fitness in relation to existing or previously found tests; a test is good if it is diverse from other tests. We present a model for test variability and propose the use of a theoretically optimal diversity metric at variation points in the model. We then describe how to apply a practically useful approximation to the theoretically optimal metric. The metric is simple and powerful and can be adapted to a multitude of different test diversity measurement scenarios. We present initial results from an experiment to compare how similar to human subjects, the metric can cluster a set of test cases. To carry out the experiment we have extended an existing framework for test automation in an object-oriented, dynamic programming language.

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2008. 178-186 p.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22292DOI: 10.1109/ICSTW.2008.36Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-52249109609ISBN: 0769533884 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-22292DiVA: diva2:661129
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2008 IEEE International Conference on Software Testing Verification and Validation Workshop, ICSTW'08; Lillehammer, TBD; Norway; 9 April 2008 through 11 April 2008
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved

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