Does Automated White-Box Test Generation Really Help Software Testers?

by Gordon Fraser, Matt Staats, Phil McMinn, Andrea Arcuri and Frank Padberg

International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA 2013)


A more recent and expanded journal version of this paper is available — see "Does Automated Unit Test Generation Really Help Software Testers? A Controlled Empirical Study".


Automated test generation techniques can efficiently produce test data that systematically cover structural aspects of a program. In the absence of a specification, a common assumption is that these tests relieve a developer of most of the work, as the act of testing is reduced to checking the results of the tests. Although this assumption has persisted for decades, there has been no conclusive evidence to date confirming it. However, the fact that the approach has only seen a limited uptake in industry suggests the contrary, and calls into question its practical usefulness. To investigate this issue, we performed a ... [more]


Reference

Gordon Fraser, Matt Staats, Phil McMinn, Andrea Arcuri and Frank Padberg. Does Automated White-Box Test Generation Really Help Software Testers?International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA 2013), pp. 291–301, 2013


Bibtex Entry
@inproceedings{Fraser2013,
  author    = "Fraser, Gordon and Staats, Matt and McMinn, Phil and Arcuri, Andrea and Padberg, Frank",
  title     = "Does Automated White-Box Test Generation Really Help Software Testers?",
  booktitle = "International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA 2013)",
  pages     = "291--301",
  year      = "2013",
  publisher = "ACM"
}