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Model-Based Testing from Controlled Natural Language Requirements

  • Gustavo CarvalhoEmail author
  • Flávia Barros
  • Florian Lapschies
  • Uwe Schulze
  • Jan Peleska
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 419)

Abstract

Model-Based Testing (MBT) techniques usually take as input models that are not available in the very beginning of a development. Therefore, its use is postponed. In this work we present an approach to MBT that takes as input requirements described in a Controlled Natural Language. Initially, the requirements are syntactically analyzed according to a domain specific language for describing system requirements, and their informal semantics is depicted based on the Case Grammar theory. Then, the requirements semantics is automatically represented as a Transition Relation, which provides formal basis for MBT, and test cases are generated with the support of a solver. Our approach was evaluated considering four examples from different domains. Within seconds, our approach generated 94 % of the test vectors manually written by specialists. Moreover, considering a mutant-based strength analysis, our approach yielded a mutation score between 54 % and 98 %.

Keywords

Natural language Case grammar Solver Test case 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Augusto Sampaio for his valuable advice. This work has been partially funded by the EU FP7 COMPASS project (no.287829).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Carvalho
    • 1
    Email author
  • Flávia Barros
    • 1
  • Florian Lapschies
    • 2
  • Uwe Schulze
    • 2
  • Jan Peleska
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Centro de InformáticaRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversität BremenBermenGermany

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