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JSW 2017 Vol.12(3): 153-164 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.12.3.153-164

A Clustering-Based Test Case Classification Technique for Enhancing Regression Testing

Yulei Pang1*, Xiaozhen Xue2, Akbar Siami Namin2
1Department of Mathematics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, USA.
2Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA.

Abstract—To reduce the cost of regression testing, we propose a test case classification methodology based on clustering techniques to classify test cases into effective and non-effective groups. The clustering strategy is based on the coverage information obtained for the earlier releases of the program under test. We employed two common clustering algorithms namely centroid-based and hierarchical clustering. The empirical study results showed the test case clustering can effectively identify effective test cases with high recall ratio and considerable accuracy percentage. The paper also investigates and compares the performance of the proposed clustering-based approach with some other factors including coverage criteria, construction of features, and quantity of faults in the earlier releases.

Index Terms—Clustering, regression testing, test case classification.


Cite: Yulei Pang, Xiaozhen Xue, Akbar Siami Namin, "A Clustering-Based Test Case Classification Technique for Enhancing Regression Testing," Journal of Software vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 153-164, 2017.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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