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1 Author(s)
Thevenod-Fosse, P. ; Lab. d'Autom. et d'Anal. des Syst., CNRS, Toulouse

Random or statistical testing consists in exercising a system by supplying to it valued inputs which are randomly selected according to a defined probability distribution on the input domain. The specific role one can expect from statistical testing in a software validation process is pointed out. The notion of test quality with respect to the experiment goal allows the testing time to be adjusted to a target test quality. Numerical results illustrate the strengths and limits of statistical testing as a software validation tool, in the present state-of-the-art

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CompEuro '91. Advanced Computer Technology, Reliable Systems and Applications. 5th Annual European Computer Conference. Proceedings.

Date of Conference:

13-16 May 1991