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Combinatorial Coverage Measurement Concepts and Applications



David R. Kuhn, Itzel (. Dominquez Mendoza, Raghu N. Kacker, Yu Lei


Empirical data demonstrate the value of t-way coverage, but in some testing situations, it is not practical to use covering arrays. However any set of tests covers at least some proportion of t-way combinations. This paper describes a variety of measures of combinatorial coverage that can be used in evaluating aspects of t-way coverage of a test suite. We also provide lower bounds on t-way coverage of several widely-used testing strategies, and describe a tool that analyzes test suites using the measures discussed in the paper.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Sixth IEEE International Conference on Software, Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2013)
Conference Dates
March 18-22, 2013
Conference Location
Luxembourg, -1
Conference Title
Second International Workshop on Combinatorial Testing


component, combinatorial testing, factor covering array, state-space coverage, verification and validation (V&V), tway testing, configuration model, t-way testing
Created March 22, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018