Multi-Objective Test Case Prioritization in Highly Configurable Systems: A Case Study

TitleMulti-Objective Test Case Prioritization in Highly Configurable Systems: A Case Study
Publication TypeArticle in Journal
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsParejo, José Antonio, Ana B. Sánchez, Sergio Segura, Antonio Ruiz Cortés, Roberto E. Lopez-Herrejon, and Alexander Egyed
JournalJournal of Systems and Software (JSS)
Date Published29/09/2016

Test case prioritization schedules test cases for execution in an order that attempts to accelerate the detection of faults. The order of test cases is determined by prioritization objectives such as covering code or critical components as rapidly as possible. The importance of this technique has been recognized in the context of Highly-Configurable Systems (HCSs), where the potentially huge number of configurations makes testing extremely challenging. However, current approaches for test case prioritization in HCSs suffer from two main limitations. First, the prioritization is usually driven by a single objective which neglects the potential benefits of combining multiple criteria to guide the detection of faults. Second, instead of using industry-strength case studies, evaluations are conducted using synthetic data, which provides no information about the effectiveness of different prioritization objectives. In this paper, we address both limitations by studying 63 combinations of up to three prioritization objectives in accelerating the detection of faults in the Drupal framework. Results show that non–functional properties such as the number of changes in the features are more effective than functional metrics extracted from the configuration model. Results also suggest that multi-objective prioritization typically results in faster fault detection than mono-objective prioritization.

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Software Testing
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