Conference Paper

Proteum/FSM: A Tool to Support Finite State Machine Validation Based on Mutation Testing.

Dept. de Comput., Univ. Fed. de Sao Carlos
DOI: 10.1109/SCCC.1999.810159 Conference: 19th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society (SCCC '99), 11-13 November 1999, Talca, Chile
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The quality of the VV&T-Verification, Validation and
Testing-activity is extremely relevant to the software development
process. Testing techniques and criteria have been investigated in the
context of VV&T of reactive systems specifications, providing
mechanisms to the VV&T activity quality assessment. The
establishment of a low-cost, effective testing and validation strategy
and the development of supporting tools have been pursued by many
researchers for coding and specification as well. This paper discusses
the main architectural and operational aspects of a tool, named
Proteum/FSM, that supports the application of mutation testing for
validating reactive systems specifications based on finite state
machines (FSM). Further improvements and research issues are briefly

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    • "Let us consider a simple drink vending machine, whose behaviour is represented by the original transition system on left of Figure 1. We consider the application of three transition systems mutation operators [15], removing a state, (see a) StateMissing), changing an event by another one (see b) EventExchanged) and changing the initial state of the system (see c) WrongStartState). These three mutants together with the original transition system can be compactly modelled using the FTS formalism presented in the previous section as depicted on the right of Figure 1. "
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    • "The quality of a test set is related to the ability of that test set to differentiate the program being tested from a set of marginally different, and presumably incorrect, alternate programs. Thus, the goal of the tester during mutation analysis is to create test cases that differentiate each mutant program from the original program by causing the mutant to produce different output [32]. "
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    ABSTRACT: PLAVIS project aims at establishing the basis for a platform (an integrated set of tools) to support the VV&T activities, providing an environment that improves the validation and verification process applied to space software systems. This paper introduces an environment, named Plavis/FSM, which integrates the tools Condado, MGASet and Proteum/FSM. These tools were developed in previous research projects by
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