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Software Testing: Protocol Comparison



James H. Yen, D L. Banks, Leonard J. Gallagher, Paul E. Black, Robert C. Hagwood, Raghu N. Kacker, Lynne S. Rosenthal


Software testing is hard, expensive, and uncertain. Many protocols have been suggested, especially in the area of conformance verification. In order to compare the efficacy of these protocols, we have implemented a designed simulation experiment that examines performance in terms of testing costs and risks. We find that no single method dominates all others, and provide guidance on how to choose that best protocol for a given application.
Conference Dates
May 26-29, 1998
Conference Title
International Software Quality Week


simulation, software testing, Starr's procedure, stopping rules


Yen, J. , Banks, D. , Gallagher, L. , Black, P. , Hagwood, R. , Kacker, R. and Rosenthal, L. (1998), Software Testing: Protocol Comparison, International Software Quality Week, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created May 29, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017