Test Adequacy and Program Mutation

@inproceedings{DeMillo1989TestAA,
  title={Test Adequacy and Program Mutation},
  author={Richard A. DeMillo},
  booktitle={ICSE},
  year={1989}
}
It is sometimes helpful to view software development as a “root-finding” procedure, as shown in Figure 1. In this procedure, a designer submits an initial “guess”, which is iteratively tested for validity (or any other assurance criterion, such as correctness) until a correct solution is converged upon. In [l], this principle was called “meta-induction” and was used at the conceptual model for a (then) new approach to software testing, called mutation analysis. A central goal of mutation… CONTINUE READING
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