Test-driven goal-directed debugging in spreadsheets

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Test-driven goal-directed debugging in spreadsheets
We present an error-detection and -correction approach for spreadsheets that automatically generates questions about input/output pairs and, depending on the feedback given by the user, proposes changes to the spreadsheet that would correct detected errors. This approach combines and integrates previous work on automatic test-case generation and goal-directed debugging. We have implemented this method as an extension to MS Excel. We carried out an evaluation of the system using spreadsheets seeded with faults using mutation operators. The evaluation shows among other things that up to 93% of the first-order mutants and 98% of the second-order mutants were detected by the system using the automatically generated test cases.
Robin Abraham, Martin Erwig
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Updated 01 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where VL
Authors Robin Abraham, Martin Erwig
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