mrstudyr: Retrospectively Studying the Effectiveness of Mutant Reduction Techniques

by Colton J. McCurdy, Phil McMinn and Gregory M. Kapfhammer

International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2016)



Mutation testing is a well-known method for measuring a test suite’s quality. However, due to its computational expense and intrinsic difficulties (e.g., detecting equivalent mutants and potentially checking a mutant’s status for each test), mutation testing is often challenging to practically use. To control the computational cost of mutation testing, many reduction strategies have been proposed (e.g., uniform random sampling over mutants). Yet, a stand-alone tool to compare the efficiency and effectiveness of these methods is heretofore unavailable. Since existing mutation testing tools are often complex and language-dependent, this paper presents a tool, called mrstudyr, that enables the “retrospective” study ... [more]


Reference

Colton J. McCurdy, Phil McMinn and Gregory M. Kapfhammer. mrstudyr: Retrospectively Studying the Effectiveness of Mutant Reduction Techniques. International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2016), 2016


Bibtex Entry
@inproceedings{McCurdy2016,
  author    = "McCurdy, Colton J. and McMinn, Phil and Kapfhammer, Gregory M.",
  title     = "{mrstudyr}: Retrospectively Studying the Effectiveness of Mutant Reduction Techniques",
  booktitle = "International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2016)",
  year      = "2016"
}