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Insights into regression testing (software testing)

Leung H, White L ...see all

Proceedings. Conference on Software Maintenance - 1989 (1989) pp. 60-69 Published by IEEE Comput. Soc. Press

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Abstract

A problem facing those conducting maintenance testing is to
identify proper test classes. The notion of regression testability is
introduced as a way to measure the ease of retesting. Both the program
design and the test plan design may affect the regression testability of
a program. The testing set, testing number, regression number and stable
and workable metrics are developed to measure the program and the test
plan and program testability is defined. The retest strategy is proposed
for performing corrective regression testing. This approach involves the
use of the test plan in a way that will reduce the amount of testing
required. The guiding principle of the retest strategy is to view the
regression testing problem as being composed of two subproblems (the
test selection problem and the test plan update problem). To this end,
the author's retest strategy consists of two major phases (the test
classification phase and test plan update phase)

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Authors

  • H.K.N. Leung

  • L. White

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