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Testing Software Design Modeled by Finite-State Machines

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1 Author(s)
Chow, T.S. ; Bell Laboratories

We propose a method of testing the correctness of control structures that can be modeled by a finite-state machine. Test results derived from the design are evaluated against the specification. No "executable" prototype is required. The method is based on a result in automata theory and can be applied to software testing. Its error-detecting capability is compared with that of other approaches. Application experience is summarized.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-4 ,  Issue: 3 )