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Flaky mutants

Book Contribution - Book Abstract Conference Contribution

Subtitle:another concern for mutation testing
Software testing is the dominant method for quality assurance and control in software engineering [1] , [2] . Test suites serve as quality gates to safeguard against programming faults. But not every test suite is written equally. We usually gauge its quality using metrics such as code coverage. These assess how much of the code base has been covered. However, they do not tell if the tests actually test and verify the intentions. Mutation testing does this by deliberately injecting faults into the system under test and verifying how many of them the test suite can detect. For every injected fault that is not detected by the test suite, an additional test should be written. In the academic community, mutation testing is acknowledged as the most promising technique for automated assessment of the strength of a test suite.
Book: 2021 IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops (ICSTW), 12-16 April 2021, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
Pages: 284 - 285
Publication year:2021
Keywords:P1 Proceeding