Effect of Test Set Minimization on Fault Detection Effectiveness

Abstract

Size and code coverage are important attributes of a set of tests. When a program P is executed on elements of the test set T, we can observe the fault detecting capability of T for P. We can also observe the degree to which T induces code coverage on P according to some coverage criterion. We would like to know whether it is the size of T or the coverage of T on P which determines the fault detection effectiveness of T for P. To address this issue we ask the following question: While keeping coverage constant, what is the effect on fault detection of reducing the size of a test set? We report results from an empirical study using the block and all-uses criteria as the coverage measures.

DOI: 10.1145/225014.225018

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@article{Wong1995EffectOT, title={Effect of Test Set Minimization on Fault Detection Effectiveness}, author={W. Eric Wong and Joseph Robert Horgan and Saul London and Aditya P. Mathur}, journal={1995 17th International Conference on Software Engineering}, year={1995}, pages={41-41} }