Mutation Operators for Agent-Based Models

by Salem Adra and Phil McMinn

International Workshop on Mutation Analysis (Mutation 2010)

This short paper argues that agent-based models are an independent class of software application with their own unique properties, with the consequential need for the definition of suitable, tailored mutation operators. Testing agent-based models can be very challenging, and no established testing technique has yet been introduced for such systems. This paper discusses the application of mutation testing techniques, and mutation operators are proposed that can imitate potential programmer errors and result in faulty simulation runs of a model.


Salem Adra and Phil McMinn. Mutation Operators for Agent-Based Models. International Workshop on Mutation Analysis (Mutation 2010), pp. 151–156, 2010

Bibtex Entry
  author    = "Adra, Salem and McMinn, Phil",
  title     = "Mutation Operators for Agent-Based Models",
  booktitle = "International Workshop on Mutation Analysis (Mutation 2010)",
  pages     = "151--156",
  year      = "2010",
  publisher = "IEEE"