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Analyzing Partition Testing Strategies
July 1991 (vol. 17 no. 7)
pp. 703-711

Partition testing strategies, which divide a program's input domain into subsets with the tester selecting one or more elements from each subdomain, are analyzed. The conditions that affect the efficiency of partition testing are investigated, and comparisons of the fault detection capabilities of partition testing and random testing are made. The effects of subdomain modifications on partition testing's ability to detect faults are studied.

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Index Terms:
input domain; partition testing; fault detection capabilities; random testing; subdomain modifications; program testing
Citation:
E.J. Weyuker, B. Jeng, "Analyzing Partition Testing Strategies," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 17, no. 7, pp. 703-711, July 1991, doi:10.1109/32.83906
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