Mutation Operators for Specifications

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Mutation Operators for Specifications
Testing has a vital support role in the software engineering process, but developing tests often takes significant resources. A formal specification is a repository of knowledge about a system, and a recent method uses such specifications to automatically generate complete test suites via mutation analysis. We define an extensive set of mutation operators for use with this method. We report the results of our theoretical and experimental investigation of the relationships between the classes of faults detected by the various operators. Finally, we recommend sets of mutation operators which yield good test coverage at a reduced cost compared to using all proposed operators.
Paul E. Black, Vadim Okun, Yaacov Yesha
Added 25 Aug 2010
Updated 25 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where KBSE
Authors Paul E. Black, Vadim Okun, Yaacov Yesha
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