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Greedy Combinatorial Test Case Generation using Unsatisfiable Cores

Akihisa Yamada, Armin Biere, Cyrille Artho, Takashi Kitamura, and Eun-Hye Choi

Proceedings of the 31st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2016), pp. 614 – 624, 2016.

Abstract

Combinatorial testing aims at covering the interactions of parameters in a system under test, while some combinations may be forbidden by given constraints (forbidden tuples).
In this paper, we illustrate that such forbidden tuples correspond to unsatisfiable cores, a widely understood notion in the SAT solving community. Based on this observation, we propose a technique to detect forbidden tuples lazily during a greedy test case generation, which significantly reduces the number of required SAT solving calls. We further reduce the amount of time
spent in SAT solving by essentially ignoring constraints while constructing each test case, but then ``amending’‘ it to obtain a test case that satisfies the constraints, again using unsatisfiable cores. Finally, to complement a disturbance due to ignoring constraints, we implement an efficient approximative SAT checking function in the SAT solver Lingeling.
Through experiments we verify that our approach significantly improves the efficiency of constraint handling in our greedy combinatorial testing algorithm.

 

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BibTeX 

@inproceedings{AY-ASE2016,
author = "Akihisa Yamada and Armin Biere and Cyrille Artho and Takashi Kitamura and Eun-Hye Choi",
title = "Greedy Combinatorial Test Case Generation using Unsatisfiable Cores",
booktitle = "Proceedings of the 31st IEEE/ACM International Conference on
Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2016)",
pages = "614--624",
publisher = "ACM",
year = 2016
}
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