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Capture-recapture in Software Unit Testing: A Case Study
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2008 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Quantitative failure estimates for software systems are traditionally made at end of testing using software reliability growth modeling. A persistent problem with most kinds of failure estimation methods and models is the dependency on historical data. This paper presents a method for estimating the total amount of failures possible to provoke from a unit, without historical data dependency. The method combines the results from having several developers testing the same unit with capture-recapture models to create an estimate of “remaining” number of failures. The evaluation of the approach consists of two steps: first a pre-study where the tools and methods are tested in a large open source project, followed by an add-on to a project at a medium sized software company. The evaluation was a success. An estimate was created, and it can be used both as a quality gatekeeper for units and input to functional and system testing.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany: ACM , 2008.
Keyword [en]
Unit testing, component testing, capture-recapture
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8267DOI: 10.1145/1414004.1414012ISI: 000266371500004Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo8A2C0BFF9E32B426C1257525003B4184ISBN: 978-1-59593-971-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-8267DiVA: diva2:835973
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Proceedings of the Second ACM-IEEE international symposium on Empirical software engineering and measurement
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2008-12-20 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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