Automatic regression test selection based on activity diagrams

Nan Ye, Xin Chen, Peng Jiang, Wenxu Ding, Xuandong Li

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Regression testing is the most common method for ensuring the quality of changed software. As UML models are widely used as design blueprints, model-based test case generation techniques can be used in regression test cases generation. However, test cases obtained from these techniques are usually represented as sequences of actions in abstract models, and heavy human efforts are needed to transform them into test cases accepted by software for execution. To reduce this effort, we present an approach to automatically generate executable test cases for regression testing based on activity diagrams. It combines a technique of activity diagrams based regression test cases classification to pick up retestable test cases, and a technique of feedback-directed test cases generation to generate test cases for new behaviors in changed software. We implement the tool MDRTGen to show the performance of the approach. The experiments show the good performance of the approach in improving the efficiency of test cases generation and decreasing the cost in regression testing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 5th International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement - Companion, SSIRI-C 2011
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780769544540
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement 2011 - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 27 Jun 201129 Jun 2011
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement 2011
Abbreviated titleSSIRI-C 2011
CountryKorea, Republic of (South)
CityJeju Island


  • Model-based
  • Regression testing
  • Test selection

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