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Date Published: June 20, 2013
Richard Kuhn (NIST), Raghu Kacker (NIST), Yu Lei (UTA)
Combinatorial testing of software analyzes interactions among variables using a very small number of tests. This advanced approach has demonstrated success in providing strong, low-cost testing in real-world situations. Introduction to Combinatorial Testing presents a complete self-contained tutorial on advanced combinatorial testing methods for real-world software.
The book introduces key concepts and procedures of combinatorial testing, explains how to use software tools for generating combinatorial tests, and shows how this approach can be integrated with existing practice. Detailed explanations and examples clarify how and why to use various techniques. Sections on cost and practical considerations describe tradeoffs and limitations that may impact resources or funding. While the authors introduce some of the theory and mathematics of combinatorial methods, readers can use the methods without in-depth knowledge of the underlying mathematics.
Accessible to undergraduate students and researchers in computer science and engineering, this book illustrates the practical application of combinatorial methods in software testing. Giving pointers to freely available tools and offering resources on a supplementary website, the book encourages readers to apply these methods in their own testing projects.
Book (CRC Press)
Preface; Appendix A: Mathematics Review; and Appendix B: Empirical Data on Software Failures (Preprint) (pdf)
Chapter 1: Combinatorial Methods in Testing (Preprint) (pdf)
Chapter 2: Combinatorial Testing Applied (Preprint) (pdf)
Chapter 7: Measuring Combinatorial Coverage (Preprint) (pdf)
Chapter 14: Evolution from Design of Experiments (Preprint) (pdf)
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