An Efficient Reduction Method for Test Cases

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Executive Summary

Testing activity is performed to provide confidence that changes do not harm the existing behaviour of the software. Test suites tend to grow in size as software evolves, often making it too costly to execute entire test suites. The test suite reduction techniques significantly reduce the size of the test suites. But an important issue deals with how well these reduced suites can be compared with their corresponding un-reduced suites using other criteria rather than the suite size criterion. Since the purpose of test case execution is to detect faults in the software, one measure of the suite quality is its fault detection capability.

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