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A comparative study on automated software test oracle methods

Shahamiri, Seyed Reza and Wan Mohd. Nasir, Wan Kadir and Mohd. Hashim, Siti Zaiton (2009) A comparative study on automated software test oracle methods. 4th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2009, Includes SEDES 2009: Simposio para Estudantes de Doutoramento em Engenharia de Software . pp. 140-145.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICSEA.2009.29

Abstract

Software testing has been used to find software faults in order to improve its quality. To verify the software behavior, testers require test oracle. Test oracle is a reliable source of expected software behavior that provides outputs for any input specified in the software specifications and a comparator to verify actual results. While test automation requires automated oracle support, oracle automation is considered as a challenging task. These challenges are from the automation required in expected output generation and results verification. This paper presents oracle activities and the challenges to prepare automated oracle. Then a comparative study of existing automated oracle and expected output generation methods is provided. Finally, a classification of these methods is suggested based on how these methods provide automated test oracle and the tool they used. The classification explains which oracle activities will be automated by the proposed approaches.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Article no. 5298471 ; ISBN 978-0-7695-3777-1 Fourthc International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, 2009. ICSEA '09, Porto. Issue Date: 20-25 Sept. 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords:software engineering; software testing, automated software testing; automated test oracle, expected output generation.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System (Formerly known)
ID Code:11751
Deposited By: Nor Asmida Abdullah
Deposited On:18 Jan 2011 07:27
Last Modified:18 Jan 2011 07:27

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