A Taxonomic Review of Adaptive Random Testing for Numeric Programs

09/24/2019
by   Jinfu Chen, et al.
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Random testing (RT) is a black-box software testing technique that tests programs by generating random test inputs. It is a widely used technique for software quality assurance, but there has been much debate by practitioners concerning its failure-detection effectiveness. However, RT is argued to be possibly less effective by some researchers as it does not utilize any information about the program under test. Efforts to mainly improve the failure-detection capability of RT, have led to the proposition of Adaptive Random Testing (ART). ART takes advantage of the location information of previous non-fault-detecting test cases to enhance effectiveness as compared to RT. The approach has gained popularity and has a large number of theoretical studies and methods that employ different notions. In this review, our goal is to provide an overview of existing ART methods for numeric programs. We classify and assess existing ART methods with a focus on their motivation, strategy, and findings. The study also discusses several worthy avenues related to ART. The review uses 54 ART papers in several journals, workshops, and conference proceedings. The results of the review show that significant research efforts have been made towards the field of ART, however further empirical studies are still required to make the technique applicable in different test scenarios in order to impact on the industry.

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