GMU Software Engineering Seminar Series

Speakers: Lin Deng
Title: Empirical Evaluation of the Statement Deletion Mutation Operator
Date/Time: Thursday, 3/7/2013 @ 10:00am
Location: 4201, Nguyen Engineering Building

Mutation analysis is widely considered to be an exceptionally effective criterion for designing tests. It is also widely considered to be expensive in terms of the number of test requirements and in the amount of execution needed to create a good test suite. This paper posits that simply deleting statements, implemented with the statement deletion (SDL) mutation operators in Mothra, is enough to get very good tests. A version of the SDL operator for Java was designed and implemented inside the muJava mutation system. The SDL operator was applied to 40 separate Java classes, tests were designed to kill the non-equivalent SDL mutants, and then run against all mutants.
Lin Deng is a first year PhD student at George Mason University. He received the BS degree in Computer Science from Renmin University of China, and the MS degree in Computer and Information Science from Gannon University. He worked as a computer engineer at State Intellectual Property Office of China for four years before joining the MS program of Gannon University. His research interests are in software testing and security.