Friday, 24 February 2012

Towards Symbolic Model-Based Mutation Testing: Combining Reachability and Refinement Checking

We present our newest paper on model-based mutation testing accepted at MBT 2012.

Model-based mutation testing uses altered test models to derive test cases that are able to reveal whether a modelled fault has been implemented. This requires conformance checking between the original and the mutated model. This paper presents an approach for symbolic conformance checking of action systems, which are well-suited to specify reactive systems.

We also consider non-determinism in our models. Hence, we do not check for equivalence, but for refinement. We encode the transition relation as well as the conformance relation as a constraint satisfaction problem and use a constraint solver in our reachability and refinement checking algorithms.

Explicit conformance checking techniques often face state space explosion. First experimental evaluations show that our approach has potential to outperform explicit conformance checkers.

This research is part of the TRUFAL project.

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