ICST 2021
Mon 12 - Fri 16 April 2021
Mon 12 Apr 2021 12:00 - 12:15 at Tamandaré - Session 2

Mutation Testing offers a powerful approach to assessing unit test set quality; however, software developers may be reluctant to embrace the technique due to the tremendous number of mutants it generates, including redundant and equivalent mutants. Recent research indicates that redundant mutants affect a test engineer’s work effort only slightly, whereas equivalent mutants have a direct linear impact. Moreover, the time invested analyzing equivalent mutants produces no unit tests. Dominator mutants address the redundancy issue, but they require the identification of all subsumption relationships, which implicitly identifies all equivalent mutants. This research study shows that in the absence of equivalent mutants, random selection can perform as well as dominator mutants.

Mon 12 Apr

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