Test case prioritization Public Deposited

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  • Regression testing is an expensive software engineering activity intended to provide confidence that modifications to a software system have not introduced faults. Test case prioritization techniques help to reduce regression testing cost by ordering test cases in a way that better achieves testing objectives. In this thesis, we are interested in prioritizing to maximize a test suite's rate of fault detection, measured by a metric, APED, trying to detect regression faults as early as possible during testing. In previous work, several prioritization techniques using low-level code coverage information had been developed. These techniques try to maximize APED over a sequence of software releases, not targeting a particular release. These techniques' effectiveness was empirically evaluated. We present a larger set of prioritization techniques that use information at arbitrary granularity levels and incorporate modification information, targeting prioritization at a particular software release. Our empirical studies show significant improvements in the rate of fault detection over randomly ordered test suites. Previous work on prioritization assumed uniform test costs and fault seventies, which might not be realistic in many practical cases. We present a new cost-cognizant metric, APFD[subscript c], and prioritization techniques, together with approaches for measuring and estimating these costs. Our empirical studies evaluate prioritization in a cost-cognizant environment. Prioritization techniques have been developed independently with little consideration of their similarities. We present a general prioritization framework that allows us to express existing prioritization techniques by a framework algorithm using parameters and specific functions. Previous research assumed that prioritization was always beneficial if it improves the APFD metric. We introduce a prioritization cost-benefit model that more accurately captures relevant cost and benefit factors, and allows practitioners to assess whether it is economical to employ prioritization. Prioritization effectiveness varies across programs, versions, and test suites. We empirically investigate several of these factors on substantial software systems and present a classification-tree-based predictor that can help select the most appropriate prioritization technique in advance. Together, these results improve our understanding of test case prioritization and of the processes by which it is performed.
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