A comparative study of algorithms for generating switch cover test sets

  • Matheus Monteiro Mariano INPE / FATEC
  • Érica Ferreira Souza UTFPR
  • André Takeshi Endo UTFPR
  • Nandamudi L. Vijaykumar INPE


Test case generation based on Finite State Machines (FSMs) has been extensively investigated due to its accuracy and simplicity. Several test criteria have been proposed in the literature to generate test cases based on FSMs. One of the oldest criteria is the Switch Cover. As a main feature, the Switch Cover criterion defines that all transition pairs of an FSM must be covered. The classical Switch Cover algorithm converts the FSM into a graph (known as Dual Graph); this graph is balanced, and, finally, traversed based on an Eulerian Cycle algorithm. In this context, considering the stage where an FSM is converted into a graph, this study investigates other search algorithms on graphs, namely Depth-First Search (DFS) and Breadth-First Search (BFS), for generating test sets from a Dual Graph. We presented an experimental study that compares the DFS, BFS algorithms with the Eulerian Cycle. The study was conducted with a set of random and real-world machines, taking into account the number of test cases, the test suite size, the average length of sequences and generation time.
Palavras-chave: comparative study, algorithms, cover test sets


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MARIANO, Matheus Monteiro; SOUZA, Érica Ferreira; ENDO, André Takeshi; VIJAYKUMAR, Nandamudi L.. A comparative study of algorithms for generating switch cover test sets. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE QUALIDADE DE SOFTWARE (SBQS), 15. , 2016, Maceió. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2016 . p. 6-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5753/sbqs.2016.15122.