Mutation Operators for UML Class Diagrams

M.F. Granda, O.N. Condori Fernandez, T. Vos, O. Pastor

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Mutation Testing is a well-established technique for assessing the quality of test cases by checking how well they detect faults injected into a software artefact (mutant). Using this technique, the most critical activity is the adequate design of mutation operators so that they reflect typical defects of the artefact under test. This paper presents the design of a set of mutation operators for Conceptual Schemas (CS) based on UML Class Diagrams (CD). In this paper, the operators are defined in accordance with an existing defects classification for UML CS and relevant elements identified from the UML-CD meta-model. The operators are subsequently used to generate first order mutants for a CS under test. Finally, in order to analyse the usefulness of the mutation operators, we measure some basic characteristics of mutation operators with three different CSs under test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-341
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event28th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering - Slovenia
Duration: 13 Jun 201617 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Proceedings title: Advanced Information Systems Engineering
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Place of publication: Slovenia
ISBN: 978-3-319-39695-8
Editors: S. Nurcan, P. Soffer, M. Bajec, J. Eder


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