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Title: Testing conformance to a quasi-non-deterministic stream X-machine
Authors: Hierons, RM
Harman, M
Keywords: Formal language
Automaton
Finite state machine
Vending machine
Design
Test
Stream
Machine
System
Implementation
Algorithm
Specification
Non determinism
Generation
X machine
Conformance test
Non deterministic stream X machine
Test generation
Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Springer London
Citation: Formal Aspects of Computing, 12(6): 423-442
Abstract: Stream X-machines have been used in order to specify a range of systems. One of the strengths of this approach is that, under certain well-defined conditions, it is possible to produce a finite test that is guaranteed to determine the correctness of the implementation under test (IUT). Initially only deterministic stream X-machines were considered in the literature. This is largely because the standard test algorithm relies on the stream X-machine being deterministic. More recently the problem of testing to determine whether the IUT is equivalent to a non-deterministic stream X-machine specification has been tackled. Since non-determinism can be important for specifications, this is an extremely useful extension. In many cases, however, we wish to test for a weaker notion of correctness called conformance. This paper considers a particular form of non-determinism, within stream X-machines, that will be called quasi-non-determinism. It then investigates the generation of tests that are guaranteed to determine whether the IUT conforms to a quasi-non-deterministic stream X-machine specification. The test generation algorithm given is a generalisation of that used for testing from a deterministic stream X-machine.
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/w5dlnh02khp4l5jt/
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/350
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s001650070003
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School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics Research Papers
Computer Science

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