(Un-)Covering Equivalent Mutants

  title={(Un-)Covering Equivalent Mutants},
  author={David Schuler and Andreas Zeller},
  journal={2010 Third International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation},
Mutation testing measures the adequacy of a test suite by seeding artificial defects (mutations) into a program. If a test suite fails to detect a mutation, it may also fail to detect real defects-and hence should be improved. However, there also are mutations which keep the program semantics unchanged and thus cannot be detected by any test suite. Such equivalent mutants must be weeded out manually, which is a tedious task. In this paper, we examine whether changes in coverage can be used to… CONTINUE READING
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