Combinatorial Testing for Cybersecurity and Reliability

Published: May 12, 2016


David R. Kuhn, Raghu N. Kacker, Larry Feldman, Gregory A. Witte


This bulletin focuses on NIST's combinatorial testing work. Combinatorial testing is a proven method for more effective software testing at lower cost. The key insight underlying combinatorial testing's effectiveness resulted from a series of studies by NIST from 1999 to 2004. NIST research showed that most software bugs and failures are caused by one or two parameters, with progressively fewer by three or more.
Citation: ITL Bulletin - May 2016
Report Number:
May 2016
NIST Pub Series: ITL Bulletin
Pub Type: NIST Pubs

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algorithms, combinatorial testing, constraints, covering array, software testing, test suite
Created May 12, 2016, Updated February 19, 2017