|IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 29 (7): 577-593 (2003)|
T.Y. Chen 2 , P.L. Poon 3 , and T.H. Tse 4
[paper from IEEE Xplore | paper from IEEE digital library | technical report TR-2003-01]
We describe in this paper a choice relation framework
for supporting category-partition test case generation.
We capture the constraints among various values
(or ranges of values) of the
parameters and environment conditions identified from the specification,
known formally as choices.
We express these constraints in terms of relations among
choices and combinations of choices, known formally as test frames.
We propose a theoretical backbone and techniques
for consistency checks and automatic deductions of relations.
Based on the theory, algorithms have been developed for generating
test frames from the relations.
These test frames can then be used as the basis for generating test cases.
Our algorithms take into consideration the resource
constraints specified by software testers,
thus maintaining the effectiveness of the test frames (and hence test cases)
Keywords: Category-partition testing, choice relation framework, choice relation table, specification-based testing, test case construction, test frame
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