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- Adaptive random testing
- Chen, T. Y.
- Random testing is a basic testing technique. Motivated by the observation that neighboring inputs normally exhibit similar failure behavior, the approach of adaptive random testing has recently been proposed to enhance the fault detection capability of random testing. The intuition of adaptive random testing is to evenly spread the randomly generated test cases. Experimental results have shown that adaptive random testing can use as fewer as 50% of test cases required by random testing with replacement to detect the first failure. These results have very significant impact in software testing, because random testing is a basic and popular technique in software testing. In view of such a significant improvement of adaptive random testing over random testing, it is very natural to consider to replace random testing by adaptive random testing. Hence, many works involving random testing may be worthwhile to be reinvestigated using adaptive random testing instead. Obviously, there are different approaches of evenly spreading random test cases. In this tutorial, we are going to present several approaches, and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore, the favorable and unfavorable conditions for adaptive random testing would also be discussed. Most existing research on adaptive random testing involves only numeric programs. The recent success of applying adaptive random testing for non-numeric programs would be discussed.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
- Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC 08), Oxford, United Kingdom, 12-13 August 2008, p. 443
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- Adaptive random testing; ART; Failure behaviour; Fault detection; Nonnumeric programs; Program testing; Random testing; Randomly-generated test cases; RT; Software testing
- IEEE Computer Society
- 1550-6002 (series ISSN)
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