Iterative execution-feedback model-directed GUI testing

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Iterative execution-feedback model-directed GUI testing” by Xun Yuan and Atif M. Memon. Information and Software Technology, vol. 52, no. 5, 2010, pp. 559 - 575.


Current fully automatic model-based test-case generation techniques for GUIs employ a static model. Therefore they are unable to leverage certain state-based relationships between GUI events (e.g., one enables the other, one alters the other's execution) that are revealed at run-time and non-trivial to infer statically. We present ALT - a new technique to generate GUI test cases in batches. Because of its alternating nature, ALT enhances the next batch by using GUI run-time information from the current batch. An empirical study on four fielded GUI-based applications demonstrated that ALT was able to detect new 4- and 5-way GUI interaction faults; in contrast, previous techniques, due to their requirement of too many test cases, were unable to even test 4- and 5-way GUI interactions.

Keywords: Event-flow graphs

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BibTeX entry:

   author = {Xun Yuan and Atif M. Memon},
   title = {Iterative execution-feedback model-directed GUI testing},
   journal = {Information and Software Technology},
   volume = {52},
   number = {5},
   pages = {559 - 575},
   year = {2010},
   issn = {0950-5849},
   url =

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