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Experience with Path Analysis and Testing of Programs

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3 Author(s)
M. R. Woodward ; Department of Computational and Statistical Science, University of Uverpool ; D. Hedley ; M. A. Hennell

There are a number of practical difficulties in performing a path testing strategy for computer programs. One problem is in deciding which paths, out of a possible infinity, to use as test cases. A hierarchy of structural test metrics is suggested to direct the choide and to monitor the coverge of test paths. Another problem is that many of the chosen paths may be infeasible in the sense that no test data can ever execute them. Experience with the use of "allegations" to circumvent this problem and prevent the static generation of many infeasible paths is reported.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-6 ,  Issue: 3 )